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Will Nadal play at French Open? His appearance still in question

Will Nadal play at French Open? His appearance still in question
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As the clay court season progresses, one burning question remains on the minds of all tennis fans – will Nadal play at the French Open? The King of Clay has already hinted that 2024 will be his final season on the ATP Tour. But let’s be honest, it would be a crying shame if Nadal didn’t compete at Roland Garros.

This is an event that he has won 14 times, which is simply an outrageous record. And while we’re always warned against stating that some records won’t be broken as tennis fans, I really do think that record will stand the test of time. I just cannot see anyone dominating the French Open quite like Rafael Nadal has done throughout his career.

Therefore, it goes without saying that we all want Nadal to play at the French Open in what could be his final season as a professional tennis player. It’s the tournament that gave him so much in his career, and it’s the tournament where he’s more than just a legend – he’s a God at Roland Garros. 

But the nagging question of ‘will Nadal play at the French Open’ still haunts us all as we edge ever closer to the event. So, with that in mind, let me share my two cents to answer this question now.

Will Nadal play at French Open 2024? Three reasons the answer is yes!

In my humble opinion, I believe that Nadal will compete in the 2024 French Open. I know that there are huge doubts over his physical fitness and ability to compete at the highest level right now. But based on recent weeks, there are a few very promising signs that indicate he will be ready to give Roland Garros a go this summer.

He has competed in numerous build-up events

It was a little disheartening when Nadal withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters just a few weeks ago. However, he has since competed at the Barcelona Open and Madrid Open, and he’s still featuring in our tennis predictions today for obvious reasons. 

Assuming he stays healthy and feels he is able to be competitive at this level, I see no reason he won’t compete in Rome and, ultimately, the 2024 French Open.

He’s produced some promising results in recent tournaments

If you look at recent interviews targeting the question of will Nadal play at the French Open, there’s usually a similar response from the great Spaniard. He always stresses that he will only play if he feels he can compete and win at that level. This shows the kind of competitor that he is, and I can totally respect his position.

Will Nadal play at French Open
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Adding to that, the fact that he has at least scored a couple of solid wins on the clay may just give him the confidence required to compete at Roland Garros. Specifically, he’s taken our Coboli, Blanch, and de Minaur, and this list could grow as the Madrid Open continues.

He will prioritize the French Open above all others

The final point I wish to make is arguably the most significant of them all. Without question, Roland Garros has been the most important tournament of Nadal’s career. It’s the tournament that helped him become a legend, and I have no doubts that he will do everything possible to compete at the 2024 French Open.

Even if his participation requires sacrificing a shot at other events, I’m sure he will be willing to make such a tough decision. And to be perfectly honest, even if he believes deep down that he cannot win the event, I’m sure he will play in the opening few rounds to see how things go.


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