Rafael Nadal hints at retirement: ‘My health is paramount’

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 | 0

16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal opened up on his retirement plans, days after pulling out midway from the Australian Open.

The Spanish veteran was forced to retire during the fifth set of his quarter-final match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic after sustaining an upper right leg injury.

However, Nadal has said he’s upbeat of returning to the circuit soon even as he doesn’t rule out calling a time on his career once he comes to know that his body is not capable of playing any more.

“I am happy playing tennis. When the time comes to say goodbye, I’ll know,” the 31-year-old was quoted as saying by Express.co.uk.

He continued: “I have respect for everything that may happen. My life has more things than competing at the highest level.

“I’m not going to do crazy things to keep [the No 1 ranking], now my health is paramount.”

Meanwhile, Nadal is expected to make his return in Acapulco, Mexico, starting February 26. He will then feature in Indian Wells and Miami events.

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