Spaniard forced to miss Roland Garros for first time in nearly two decades after hip injury sustained at Australian Open
Rafael Nadal underwent surgery on Friday evening in an attempt to overcome his hip problem. The 22-time Grand Slam champion had only expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks following an injury sustained at the Australian Open in January, but hasn’t recovered after nearly five months. Nadal was forced to miss Roland Garros for the first time in nearly two decades after admitting his team had been unable to find a solution to the problem.
The Spaniard, who turns 37 on Saturday, announced last month that he would be taking a break, potentially for the rest of the season, ahead of what he expects will be next year’s farewell tour. Nadal’s reps revealed the surgery on Friday, with the 14-time French Open champion undergoing aarthroscopic investigation of the left psoas muscle to Barcelona. The results are expected to be announced today.