Rafael Nadal Defeat

‘I don’t know what will happen’ – Rafael Nadal unsure if he is able to commit to full return to tennis

Rafael Nadal has cast further doubt over the likelihood he will play a full part when tennis resumes next month.

Nadal is defending two Grand Slam titles, the US Open and the French Open, but with them being played within a month of each other, coach Carlos Moya has suggested the Spaniard may not be able to play both.

There are also three Masters-level tournaments too, all within a condensed time frame, and Nadal has admitted he has his concerns.

“It´s much easier to [get] a body ready [that is] 21 years old, than a body that is 34 years old,” Rafael Nadal told Associated Press.

“That is 100 percent. But at the same time, a 34-year-old body and mind have much more experience than a body and mind of 21 years old.

“So I don´t know what´s going to happen. In general terms, it´s better for a young guy, because all this period of time that we lost, a young guy has plenty of time to recover.

“An older guy [might say] ‘we lost the same amount of time, (but) in terms of perspective, it´s different.

“Because losing a year at 34 or 36 or 33, is not the same as losing a year at 20, when you have all your career in front of you.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.