"It's going to be something unbelievable": Two-time French Open runner-up highlights significance of Rafael Nadal playing one last time at Roland Garros

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 at 10:10
Two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja believes seeing Spain’s legendary tennis star Rafael Nadal participate in the upcoming Roland Garros will be ‘unbelievable’. The 37-year-old is often regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s tennis in the Open era, having won as many as 22 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal has struggled with fitness concerns in recent years, and because of this, he ended up missing three out of the four Grand Slam titles in 2023. Because of this, Nadal announced last year that the 2024 season would be his last at the very top. Corretja was recently quoted in a report, where he stated that it would be ‘unbelievable’ to see the ‘King of Clay’ play one last time at the French Open.
"I'm not expecting anything, it's just go play and whatever comes is going to be a gift,” said the 50-year-old. “He doesn't need to prove anything else. Not even to himself, not even to the whole world. So if he is able to be there and play one match, two matches, three matches, every match, every time he jumps on court, he will be given the recognition he deserves. It's going to be a party. It's going to be something unbelievable and the crowd is going to be crazy with him. That's why we need Rafa in the tournament. I think it's going to be a major thing to have him in Roland-Garros this year."

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