His spokesman stated on Saturday that Rafael Nadal’s keyhole surgery on his damaged hip was successful, but that the tennis player will need a recuperation time of five months before he can return to competition.
On Saturday, the 22-time winner of the Grand Slam title celebrated his 37th birthday. If all goes according to plan, he will be back on the court in time for the Davis Cup finals in November.
However, it is quite likely that he would sit out the remainder of the season before continuing his career in 2024, which he has already stated will be the final year of his professional career.
His spokesman reported that the operation, which took place in Barcelona, was successful. “The surgery was successful,” he stated.
It is predicted that the normal phase of healing will take five months.
Nadal stated in an interview the previous month that the damage to his hip had not healed as well as he had hoped it would, and as a result, he would be taking additional time away from the sport.
The current French Open, which the Spaniard has won a record 14 times, was the first occasion since 2004 that he did not participate in.
Next month, he will also not compete at Wimbledon, where he has won the tournament twice before.
Nadal had hoped that the injury he sustained during his match against Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open in January would recover in a period of six weeks.
While he is resting and getting better, his long-time opponent Novak Djokovic has a chance to win his third French Open and break the tie for most major titles with 22.
Djokovic advanced to the round of 16 at the French Open for the 14th consecutive year on Friday. He will compete against Juan Pablo Virallas, the 94th-ranked Peruvian, on Sunday for a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament.