Rafael Nadal to skip Wimbledon to 'take a break' from tennis after French Open final

Rafael Nadal will reject the chance to play Wimbledon, even if that means denying himself the chance to chase a calendar Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal has reportedly decided to skip Wimbledon to 'take a break' from tennis after Roland Garros.

The 36 year old will attempt to win a 14th French Open title on Sunday against Casper Ruud, which would also be a record-extending 22nd major.

After winning the Australian Open in January as well, should he win on Sunday he will be halfway towards a calendar Grand Slam, although Marca report he will not pursue that at Wimbledon regardless of how the Roland Garros final goes.

Following his walkover win over an injured Alexander Zverev in the semi-final, Nadal said: "I was not very positive after [Rome] about my foot, but I was positive that I will be able to play here.

"And here I am. I played, I fought, I did all the things possible to give myself at least a chance to be where I am.

"Happy of course to be able to give myself another chance to play on second Sunday here in the final of Roland-Garros. That means a lot to me.

"And even [with] all the sacrifices and all the things that I need to go through to try to keep playing, it really makes sense when you enjoy moments like I'm enjoying in this tournament."

Rafael Nadal has been speaking throughout the tournament about his chronic foot condition, and has persistently speculated this may be his final tournament at Roland Garros.

For now, though, he says he is just enjoying tennis while he still can.

Third seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany lies in pain on the court's ground, as his opponent Rafael Nadal of Spain tends to him

"If you like what you are doing, you keep going," he said. "For example, if you like to go and play golf, you keep going to play golf.

"If I like to play tennis and if I can handle to keep playing, I keep playing because I like what I do. That's it. And if I am healthy enough to play, I like the competition, honestly.

"I like to play in the best stadiums of the world and feel myself, at my age, still competitive.

"Means a lot to me, no? That makes me feel in some way proud and happy about all the work that we did."

Although Wimbledon will keep its prestige this year, no rankings points will be on offer due to a conflict with the ATP and WTA over the decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus.

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