Nadal prone to miss remainder of season after keyhole surgical procedure on hip

Rafael Nadal’s keyhole surgical procedure on his injured hip was “optimistic” however he would require a five-month restoration interval earlier than taking part in once more, his spokesman stated Saturday.

The 22-time Grand Slam title winner, who celebrated his thirty seventh birthday on Saturday, may in principle be again in time for the Davis Cup finals in November.

Nevertheless, it’s possible he’ll sit out the remainder of the season earlier than resuming in 2024 which he has already stated would be the final yr of his profession.

“The surgical procedure was optimistic,” stated his spokesman of the process which was carried out in Barcelona.

“The traditional restoration course of is estimated at 5 months.”

Nadal stated final month that the hip harm had not healed in addition to he had hoped and subsequently he was taking extra trip of the game.

The Spaniard missed the continuing French Open, which he has gained 14 occasions, for the primary time since 2004.

He may also sit out Wimbledon, the place he’s a two-time champion, subsequent month.

Nadal had hoped the harm he suffered in a second spherical loss to Mackenzie McDonald on the Australian Open in January would heal in six weeks.

Whereas he recovers, outdated rival Novak Djokovic has the possibility to interrupt out of the tie for 22 majors by profitable a 3rd French Open.

On Friday, Djokovic reached the final 16 in Paris for the 14th successive yr and can face Juan Pablo Virallas, the 94th-ranked Peruvian, on Sunday for a spot within the quarter-finals.

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