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According to Paolo Lorenzi, Rome's tournament director, Rafael Nadal wants to come back in 2025

Former tennis player Paolo Lorenzi speaking in a microphone wearing a suit.

Rafael Nadal and retirement

We have addressed the topic in several articles recently. Although Rafael Nadal announced a few months ago that the 2024 season would be his last, he has made it very clear in recent weeks that this decision is not set in stone.

He has even reiterated several times that he is leaving the door open for 2025. Even though he made his farewell at the Madrid tournament a few weeks ago, the situation seemed different for other tournaments. He addressed the topic during his press conference following his second-round defeat in Rome:

I never said it was the last time I was coming here. I said it in Madrid because that was the case. It’s a different feeling here and in Madrid, a different story, a different moment. I didn't expect there to be a ceremony. If I retire, they will have time to prepare something in the coming years.

Major statement by Paolo Lorenzi

The director of the Rome Masters 1000 tournament, former player Paolo Lorenzi, dropped a small bombshell during an interview with SuperTennisTV:

He never said it would be his last appearance in Rome. I think in his mind there is a desire to return in 2025 to Monte-Carlo and also here.

Although this seems to be Lorenzi's personal opinion, he is well-placed to have insider information on the subject. In any case, Nadal's performances and health in the coming weeks and months will certainly dictate his future.

Roland-Garros 2024

In the meantime, Rafael Nadal is preparing for Roland-Garros. During a practice match against Sebastian Korda yesterday morning, Rafa was leading 6-3, 5-3 when the session was interrupted. Some claim their allotted time had expired, while others suggest it was cut short.

Fortunately for the Spanish fans, he was back on the court this morning with Stanislas Wawrinka. They also played a practice set, which Nadal won 6-4. We still do not know who Rafael Nadal will face in the first round of Roland-Garros, as the draw ceremony will take place this Thursday, May 23rd at 2 PM local time (CET). The tournament itself will begin this Sunday, May 26th.

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