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Nadal’s French Open appearance still in doubt

Nadal playing on his favourite Tennis court.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal remains a major doubt for the French Open after withdrawing from next week’s Monte Carlo Masters with an ongoing hip injury.

The Spanish tennis great now ranked at world number 14 has won the tournament in Monaco 11 times but is still not fit to return to action.

36-year-old Nadal has not played since his straight-set second-round defeat by American Mackenzie McDonald at the Australian Open in January.

Nadal was expected to be out for around six to eight weeks after an MRI scan showed a tear in his left psoas muscle following the loss in Melbourne.

With Nadal now set to miss the start of the European clay-court season which could leave him short of match practice before the Roland Garros event he has won a record extending 14 times, will begin on May 28.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas