Rafael Nadal has assured fans he has no immediate plans to retire after winning a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
Rumours have persisted all week - largely fuelled by Nadal himself - that his chronic foot problem that kept him out for much of last season may force him to hang up his racquet soon.
However, he was able to come through marathon matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev before winning his 14th French Open crown, and he has dismissed the retirement speculation.
“I don’t know what can happen in the future but I am going to keep fighting to try to keep going,” Nadal said when receiving his trophy on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
“First of all, Casper: It is a pleasure to play a final with you . I would like to congratulate you for an amazing tournament and career so far. I wish you all the best for the future.
"[The French Open] is the best in the worlds. All the ball boys, volunteers, people behind the scenes. You make me feel like home.
“For me. It’s hard to describe the feelings I have. I would not believe I would be here at 36.
"It means a lot, it means a lot of energy to keep going. I just want to say, thank you Paris."
Nadal also had some thanks for his team, saying: “It’s amazing the things that are happening this year.
"Without you it would not be possible. I would have retired long ago if it had not been for you.”
According to reports in Spain, Rafael Nadal will skip Wimbledon despite having the chance to pursue a calendar Grand Slam after already winning the Australian Open as well this season.
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