Novak Djokovic sends classy message to Rafa Nadal as retirement plans addressed

Novak Djokovic has sent long-time rival Rafael Nadal a classy message after the Spaniard underwent surgery. The 14-time French Open champion has been sidelined since January and Djokovic shared his wish to see Nadal back on the court next year. It comes after Nadal said 2024 would likely be his last season as a pro.

Nadal suddenly announced that he was having an arthroscopic procedure on his left psoas muscle on Friday night. The 37-year-old failed to recover from the injury he picked up in Australia and was forced to resort to the operating table.

It also came two weeks after he staged a press conference to confirm his withdrawal from the French Open, also admitting that next season would likely be his last on tour. And Djokovic has now sent his well wishes to his biggest rival, saying the sport needed to see Nadal healthy.

“It was his birthday yesterday, and he announced that he got his surgery,” the world No 3 said after reaching a record 17th French Open quarter-final. “I got one surgery in my career on the elbow, and I know how hard it is to get back. It’s just one of those things that you don’t want any athlete to go through.”


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