Rafael Nadal unsure if he will defend French Open title in 2019

Rafael Nadal says a decision will be made in the “coming months” on whether he will defend his French Open title next year.

The Spaniard won the clay-court Grand Slam for the 11th time at Roland Garros on Sunday – beating Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 in the final.

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The World No 1, however, has had a few injury problems in recent years and said on Monday that he could not guarantee he will back in Paris next year.

The 32-year-old met the Mayor of Paris on Monday and was presented with a special 11-fingered handprint – one to mark each of his French titles.

When asked if he will defend the title next year, he said: “It was amazing to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th.

“We’ll see about a next one, because it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the future.

“But it’s been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year.”

In the meantime, Nadal is scheduled to compete at Queen’s Club next week, before bidding for a third Wimbledon title.

He said in the wake of his win over Thiem that he will decide on his grass-court schedule in the coming days.

We will return for more tennis coverage from the ATP Tour when we head to Germany for the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, live on Sky Sports Arena from 11am on Monday, 18 June.

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