Spain’s Rafael Nadal suffered a shock exit from the Australian Open 2023 after getting defeated 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to USA’s Mackenzie McDonald within the second spherical of the event on Wednesday. Defending champion and No.1 seed Nadal sustained a hip harm throughout his loss in straight units.
Of the massive three in tennis- Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, Swiss legend Federer hung his racquet final yr. And ever since, speculations are excessive over the forthcoming retirement of the opposite two superstars , particularly 36-year-old Nadal.
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Nadal’s early exit from Australian Open has led tennis legend Boris Becker to problem statements on the previous’s probabilities of bidding adieu to the game. In an interplay on Eurosport Germany’s Matchball Becker present, he mentioned that Nadal’s harm on the fag finish of his tennis profession may speed up his retirement.
“We’ve been talking about the change of generation for a long time, and then Nadal comes along last year and wins not only in Melbourne but also Paris. The question was: Will he play until he’s 40? I don’t think so. Yesterday was already the first step towards his retirement,” mentioned Becker.
“An injury like that is hard, and at this age, it takes even longer to get back into shape. I hope and pray that he will get well soon and that we will see him looking fresh again in Paris at the latest, but I think his days are numbered,” he added.
The German tennis legend additional mentioned that Nadal may not take part in Australian Open once more. Though he remarked that Nadal would wish to play within the French Open once more.
“We talked for a very long time concerning the change of generations – we’re watching it stay proper now. Roger Federer is not enjoying and there are loads of query marks behind Nadal now, Stated Becker.
“I think he will want to play Paris again. But I don’t know if he will take on Australia again. That’s why we should celebrate him as long as we have him,” he concluded.