Felix Auger-Aliassime’s coach, Frederic Fontang, believes Rafael Nadal will once again be among the top favorites for the French Open title. After struggling with multiple injuries in 2022, Nadal’s 2023 season started badly when the Spaniard injured his hip at the Australian Open and lost in the second round.
But even as Nadal battled rib, foot and abdominal injuries last year, he was still able to win two Grand Slams, including a record 14th French Open title. «I think Rafa, although many say he could retire, he won two Slams last year and finished the season as world number 2.
I think Rafa is still the favorite for Roland Garros despite everything,» Fontang said. ubitenis.
Toni Nadal also believes that Nadal can win the French Open
After exiting the Australian Open in devastating fashion, Nadal revealed the extent of his hip injury, saying he would likely be out for six to eight weeks.
Last week, Nadal provided an injury update, which confirmed the initial diagnosis. Nadal could return to action in March and Uncle Toni believes his nephew will be among the top contenders for the French Open title in late May and early June.
“When one has been there for so many years, as is the case with him, and after having had so many problems in the last year, where he ended up too injured, I don’t consider the future beyond the next tournament.
You never really know how things are going to go. It is true that Rafael has a very damaged body, but it is also true that he has been on the professional circuit since he was 16 years old and that is something he pays for.
There are many years hitting the ball and moving with great intensity. When you have that, it’s easy for the body to fail here today and there tomorrow. I am confident that he can lift the Roland-Garros trophy this year, and then we will see», said Toni Nadal. Vanity Fair Spain.