French Open responds to Rafael Nadal’s statement amid concern he’ll miss favourite Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal could be forced to miss the French Open (Image: Getty)


The French Open has responded after Rafael Nadal issued a concerning injury update, sparking fears that he could miss the tournament.

The clay-court Major is now just 38 days away and the 14-time champion has changed his treatment after failing to see the intended progress of his existing rehab programme.

Nadal provided fans with a lengthy update on his continued injury layoff on Thursday, pulling out of the Madrid Masters while admitting that he “can’t work [out]” what he needs to do to recover.

The 36-year-old injured his psoas at the Australian Open and was initially given a six-to-eight-week recovery timeframe.

But now, on week 14, the Spaniard has found himself continuing to pull out of tournaments and delay his comeback after initially being under the impression that he could play a full clay season.

With his latest update now raising major question marks about his participation at the French Open, the tournament has responded.

“Take care, Rafa,” the Roland Garros Instagram account commented, adding an orange heart. It comes after tournament director Amelie Mauresmo and French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moretton visited his Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca last month. (

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