Rafael Nadal will need 5 months to recover after he underwent surgery on his hip muscle, his representative said on Saturday, June 3. Nadal underwent surgery to treat the hip injury that forced him to withdraw from the ongoing French Open 2023 campaign.

Nadal's representative said the surgery was successful and the Spaniard would begin rehabilitation as he celebrates his 37th birthday.

The hip injury kept Nadal out of action since his shock second-round defeat at the Australian Open. Nadal announced he would skip the French Open, sending shockwaves in the tennis fraternity. He had been in action in the clay-court Grand Slam every year since he won his madein Roland Garros crown in 2005.

"Rafa will begin his progressive

functional rehabilitation in a few hours and the normal recovery process is estimated at five months, always taking into account respecting the biological times of said structure," his representative, Benito Perez-Barbadillo said.

Nadal confirmed in May that he is likely to return to action only in 2024 as he announced an indefinite break. Nadal also said 2024 might be his last season as a professional tennis player.

He was initially set to miss up to eight weeks but skipped claycourt tournaments in Madrid and Rome to build his fitness after being ruled out of events at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona this season.

In March, Nadal fell out of the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time since 2005 and is now 15th.
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