Rafael Nadal loses patience with retirement questions: 'Don't keep going on about it'

Following his shock loss to Cameron Norrie at the United Cup on Saturday, Rafael Nadal has asked the media to stop asking him about his retirement.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion will be bidding for his 23rd title when he takes to the court at the Australian Open later this month.

Since winning the Australian and French Opens last year to become the all-time Grand Slam record holder, the Spaniard has struggled with injuries and has not been able to replicate that kind of form.

As his injury troubles appear to become more and more chronic, speculation has increased over when he will decide to follow Roger Federer's example and throw in the towel.

But Nadal clearly isn't ready to think about retirement yet, and is getting tired of being asked about it.

The 36-year-old's frustration boiled over at a press conference following his 3-6 6-3 6-4 United Cup loss to Norrie.

"I lost my match. That's it, no? Every time I come to a press conference it seems that I have to retire," he said.

"So you are very interested on my retirement. I mean, that, for the moment, isn't the case. When the day arrives, I'm going to let you know, guys. Don't keep going (on) with the retirement, because I'm here to keep playing tennis.

"The only reason that I make sense to keep playing if I really enjoy what I do, and I really feel it.

"If I don't feel it, I mean, I did much more than what I ever dreamed."

Nadal has not ruled out next month's Australian Open being his last.

"As a professional you never know," he said. "Hopefully not... [I'm] not thinking about it being my last time here. If that's the last time, let's try to enjoy as much as possible. Let's try to create something special, no?"

But he is adamant he has no retirement plans at this stage.

"I don't visualise it for a simple fact, because I'm not one to try to guess, predict or prepare the future, because things change very quickly, right?" he recently told Marca.

"I know that moment is closer than last year, without a doubt, and two years ago. That is pure logic But in the end it is something that when it has to happen, it will happen. I would like it to be on a tennis court, yes."

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