"Why am I gonna set a deadline?": Rafael Nadal refuses to rule out continuing career if body allows after 2024 swansong

Rafael Nadal continues to release videos with explanations on his comeback and one of the latest topics was how long he will actually continue to play and whether 2024 will be his final year.

While he is enjoying it as his final year, he said that he refuses to put a date on his ultimate exit from the sport and said that especially if his body holds up and he plays well, he doesn't see why he should put a deadline on anything.

Leaning towards potential Olympic Games end point

But despite that, he acknowledged before saying about a lack of a deadline that there is a 'high chance' it will be his last year and that it could even be half a year. This leans into the theory that with Nadal having to jump through hoops to play the Olympic Games that this could be his end point.

The Olympic Games come after Roland Garros and will be played prior to the US Open which is a tournament that Nadal hasn't prioritised in recent years alongside Wimbledon. So if he does get that swansong, many believe that Nadal could call it quits while he is still on top instead of potentially heading to the US to end his career.

“There are high chances 2024 will be my last year. It may be a full year, or may be half a year, there are things bigger than that right now," said Nadal.

"I don’t want to announce it because, in the end, we don’t know what can happen. If suddenly things and my physical condition allows me to continue and I enjoy what I am doing, why am I gonna set a deadline? I think it makes no sense."

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