Rafael Nadal has 'promised' he will do everything he can to keep playing 'a while longer' despite a foot injury ending his season.
Like rival Roger Federer, Nadal has succumbed to injury and been forced to step back from competing while he searches for a solution.
At 35-years-old, that has inevitably led to fears over whether he will consider retirement instead, but he has strongly assured fans that is absolutely not the case.
"In the end, I come to the conclusion that what I need is time to recover, change a series of things, try to understand what has been the evolution of the foot in recent times," Nadal explained.
"It is not a new injury, it is an injury that I have had since 2005 and it has not prevented me from developing my sports career during all these years.
"If it is true that I have been for a while that things are not going as they should, as we would all like, and it is time to make decisions, seek a slightly different type of treatment to find a solution to this problem or at least improve it in order to continue to have options for the next few years.
"I have maximum enthusiasm and predisposition to do whatever it takes to recover the best possible form to keep competing for the things that really motivate me and the things that he's done all these years.
"I am convinced that with the recovery of the foot and obviously a very important daily effort because this can be achieved.
"I will work as hard as I can to make it happen. Thank you in advance for all the support, understanding and all your expressions of affection that are very important and more in difficult times like these.
"I promise you what I am going to do is work hard to try to continue enjoying this sport for a while longer."
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