Calling a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Nadal admitted that his injury recovery has not gone as planned despite recent videos of the 14-time champion training.
Rafael Nadal set to confirm whether he will play Roland Garros at press conference on Thursday after rumours of withdrawal in Spanish media
Since sustaining the injury at the Australian Open, he has tried and failed to return at the Sunshine Double and in the run-up to Roland Garros, with the latter seen as the main end point as his favourite surface.
"The injury I sustained in Australia has not progressed as planned. It is impossible to get to Roland Garros, I won't be able to play it after many years," he said as translated from his press conference.
Now doubts will swell surrounding Nadal's future with Wimbledon next up later in the summer and with Nadal set to slide down the rankings, he will encounter tougher draws if he does decide to return at all.