Rafael Nadal underwent a arthroscopic surgery this Friday June 2 in his injured left hip flexor and that forced him to miss the French open for the first time since he won the first of his 14 titles at this venue on his tournament debut in 2005.
The spokesman for nadal, Benito Perez-Barbadilloindicated that three doctors were involved in the procedure, which was performed in Barcelona.
Perez-Barbadillo said he hopes to be able to give more information about the operation this Saturday, when nadal turns 37 years old.
The Spaniard has not competed since losing to mackenzie mcdonald in the second round of australian open on January 18. The movements of nadal they were restricted for most of the match and that led to their earliest tie in a grand slams since 2016.
An MRI the next day revealed the extent of the lesion and Perez-Barbadillo stated at the time that the spanish tennis player he would need two months to fully recover.
I hoped to come back for him Monte Carlo Masters in March, but was unable to play and then began to drop out of subsequent tournaments and seemed less likely to be ready for the French open.
At a press conference at his tennis academy on May 18 in Manacor, Spain, nadal announced that he would have to miss the tournament in Paris. He acknowledged that he would have to take an indefinite break from tennis, without meets and practices.
He added that he was not sure if he would return to the Tour, but that he believed that next season would be his last before retiring.
nadal is 1-3 this season and has lost seven of their last nine meetings since the fourth-round loss at U.S. open in view of Frances Tiafoe in September.
nadal is tied with Novak Djokovic with the record of 22 titles of grand slams. Nole is participating in Roland Garros and advanced to the fourth round to move within four wins of beating nadal for the first time.