SportsNadal Draws Massive Crowd At Roland Garros Despite Injury Doubts

Nadal Draws Massive Crowd At Roland Garros Despite Injury Doubts

May 20, (THEWILL) – In a remarkable display of enduring popularity, Rafael Nadal, the 37-year-old Spanish tennis legend, drew a massive crowd during a training session at Roland Garros on Monday, even as uncertainty looms over his participation in the upcoming French Open tournament. Despite the possibility of missing the event he has dominated for over a decade, Nadal’s presence on the iconic Parisian clay courts sparked a frenzy among spectators.

Six days before the main tournament’s commencement, the 14-time French Open champion graced the Philippe-Chatrier centre court for a practice session, attracting several thousand awestruck fans to the stands. This was Nadal’s first appearance on the Parisian clay since his triumphant 2022 campaign, where he played through the fortnight with his left foot anaesthetised to alleviate the pain caused by Mueller-Weiss syndrome, a chronic condition that has plagued him since the age of 18.

In a scene that defied the notion of a mere training session, the Spanish maestro made his entrance on the famed Court Philippe-Chatrier to the thunderous chants of “Rafa, Rafa, Rafa” from the nearly three-quarters-full stands. The crowd, comprising spectators who had arrived for the first day of qualifying matches, had assembled well before the scheduled start of Nadal’s session, a testament to his unwavering popularity.


The 22-time Grand Slam champion, whose illustrious career has been overshadowed by injuries since January 2023, has announced his intention to play at Roland Garros for the final time. However, Nadal has cautioned that his participation hinges on his physical readiness, a decision that will undoubtedly be eagerly awaited by his legion of fans on ground and worldwide.

As the twilight of Nadal’s legendary career approaches, his presence on the clay courts of Roland Garros continues to captivate audiences, reminding the world of his enduring legacy and the indelible mark he has left on the sport of tennis. Whether he ultimately graces the court for one final French Open or not, the reverence and adulation bestowed upon him by fans serve as a poignant celebration of his extraordinary achievements.

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Jude Obafemi, THEWILL
Jude Obafemi is a versatile senior Correspondent at THEWILL Newspapers, excelling in sourcing, researching, and delivering sports news stories for both print and digital publications.

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