Rafael Nadal still undecided on French Open after losing in second round in Rome

Rafael Nadal still undecided on French Open after losing in second round in Rome

ROME – Rafael Nadal said he was undecided about whether he will play in this month’s French Open after he lost in straight sets to seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz at the Italian Open on Saturday.

Poland’s Hurkacz beat Nadal 6-1 6-3 in the second round to end the Spaniard’s run at a tournament he has won a record 10 times, his last title coming in 2021.

Nadal had come through a three-set win over Zizou Bergs on Thursday but was broken four times by Hurkacz before he bowed out in 93 minutes.

The 37-year-old Spaniard, who has said he expects to retire after this season, spent most of last year nursing a hip issue that required surgery. A muscle tear in Brisbane stalled his comeback in January.

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Nadal has won the French Open a record 14 times but the 22-time Grand Slam winner says he is uncertain about competing at his favorite Grand Slam tournament.

“You can see today on the court how difficult is,” Nadal told reporters. “Probably one is to say, ‘OK, I’m not ready, I’m not playing well’. Then it’s the moment to take a decision in terms of not playing Roland Garros. Another is accept how I am today and work the proper way to try to be in a different way in two weeks.

“The decision, as you can imagine, is not clear in my mind today. But if I have to say what’s my feeling and if my mind is closer one way or the other way, I’m going to say ‘Be in Roland Garros and try my best.’

“Physically, I have some issues, but not probably yet enough to say not playing in the most important event of my tennis career.”

The French Open begins on May 26.

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