Good afternoon, happy Monday, and a chance to watch one of this sport’s all-time greats in his natural habitat. It’s hard, in tennis, in any sport, to think of a more perfect union of competitor and venue than that of Senor Nadal and the French Open tennis. The great Spaniard has made this tournament his own over the last few years, he has won it an astonishing 13 times, and the fact that he is third in the betting suggests he is not without a chance at 14.
However, he has had some injury problems of late. He had a flare-up at the Rome Masters and has even gone so far as to hint that he may retire.
“Let’s see for how long I can keep going or until my head tells me otherwise because right now, I must accept my days are like this.
“There will be a moment where my head will ask me to stop because I cannot keep going not just thinking about tennis but thinking about normal life. That’s my reality.
“With such a daily pain it is hard for me. I have tell this several times, I play to be happy and because playing makes me happy, but sometimes the pain takes away that happiness.”
He begins his tilt at an improbable 14th win here by playing Jordan Thompson of Australia. Thompson is a native of Sydney, he is 28 years old, and his highest world ranking is 43.
He made the third round here back in 2017.
This pair will be on the Court Philippe-Chatrier in about 20 minutes or so. They will follow the conclusion of Parry against Krejčíková. The Czech world number two looks to be well on top in that one, leading by a set and a break.