Rafael Nadal has made a firm statement about his retirement after refusing to shed tears during his farewell at the Madrid Open. Despite playing his final

match at the tournament, the 37 year old tennis star was clear that his career is far from over having previously hinted that 2024 could be his last year on tour.

Nadal’s impressive run at the Madrid Open ended in the round of 16 with a 7-5 6-4 defeat to No. 30 seed Jiri Lehecka. The five-time champion was honoured with a special ceremony and addressed the crowd, expressing gratitude for the “gift” they had given him, which he described as “perhaps more important than any Grand Slam”. The Spanish player’s family were visibly emotional, but Nadal held back his tears. After leaving the court in Madrid for the last time, he explained his decision to keep composed, stating his intention to continue his career.

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