Roland-Garros 2024: why didn't Nadal have a farewell ceremony after his defeat?

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on May 29th, 2024 at 01:45 p.m.
On Monday May 27, 2024, 14-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal suffered a first-round defeat. Having announced the end of his career, why didn't he have a farewell ceremony for what was to be his last clay-court tournament?

A few months ago, Rafael Nadal, one of the world's best tennis players, announced that he would soon be retiring, and that the 2024 edition of Roland-Garros would surely be his last. On Monday May 27, the Spaniard, multiple winner of the Paris clay-court tournament, lost in the first round of the final draw to Germany's Zverev. A terrible defeat, which was not followed by a farewell ceremony for the tennis player, much to the surprise of fans of the sport.

On Prime Video, Amélie Mauresmo indicated that a ceremony was indeed planned, but that Nadal had finally changed his mind:"Everything was ready, because that was the idea. He told us, he told me, but then he changed his mind. I think the way he stepped up his game during the week's training here was crucial. And as soon as he got back to his best, he said to himself that maybe it wasn't the last one, so we cancelled everything at the last minute".

Rafael Nadal said he was not 100% sure that Roland Garros 2024 would be his last, despite his difficulties. "I'm giving myself another 2 months until Paris 2024, and then we'll see if I can keep playing or if I decide that finally it's time to hang it up," he added in the press conference. If it wasn't just a simple goodbye, the public gave the player a fitting send-off, with a moving standing ovation at the end of his match.

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