Rafael Nadal has appeared to change his stance on plans for retirement with the tennis legend now admitting he may not complete the full 2024 season.
The 37-year-old, one of the greatest players of all time and winner of 22 Grand Slam singles titles, previously suggested he would retire at the end of 2024.
The Spaniard, who recently announced he will make his return at the upcoming Brisbane International, has provided an update on plans to call time on his career.
‘There are many chances that it will be my last year without any doubt,’ Nadal said in a video posted on social media.
‘There are chances that it may only be half a year, there are possibilities that it may be a full year, there are possibilities that we may not be able to reach all that.’
Nadal has not completely ruled out playing tournaments beyond 2024, though, as he added: ‘These are things that right now I do not have the capacity to be able to answer, this is the truth.
‘I am only in conditions to say that I return to compete, that I continue having in my head that the normal thing is that, or that there are many possibilities that it is my last year, and I am going to enjoy the tournaments in that way.
‘I do not want to announce it because in the end, I do not know what can happen. And I have to give myself the opportunity not to say one thing and then I can be a slave of what I have said.
‘I think it is going to be like that but I can’t be 100 per cent sure. Because in the end I have worked a lot to come back to compete and if suddenly things and my physique allows me to continue and I enjoy what I do, why am I going to set a deadline? I think it makes no sense.
‘Of course, I have thought many times that it did not make sense to continue playing, that in the end there have been many years, many things, many hours of work in which I did not see the result.
‘But I still think what I said in the last press conference, that I do not deserve to end my sports career in a press room.
‘I would like to finish in a different way, and I have fought and kept the illusion for that to happen.’