WATCH: Nadal was officially into his 14th Roland Garros final after Alexander Zverev was forced to retire.

Rafael Nadal may find himself halfway to a Calendar Year Grand Slam after Sunday’s Roland Garros final, but the 21-time major champion will reportedly forgo the Wimbledon Championships as part of a longer break to reset his body.

Nadal made the announcement following his semifinal victory over Alexander Zverev, having led 7-6 (8), 6-6 when the No. 3 seeded-Zverev incurred an acute ankle injury that forced his retirement.


The 36-year-old has played a light schedule since last summer when he ended his 2021 season after the Citi Open due to a chronic foot injury. Nadal announced he would miss the Miami Open while still playing the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He ended up taking a longer break due to a rib injury he picked up in his semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz, and also missed the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

Despite winning the first major tournament of 2022 at the Australian Open, Nadal is currently ranked No. 5 in the ATP rankings behind Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. He leads Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP Race to Turin, and will hold onto that position regardless of his result at Roland Garros.

Should Nadal defeat either Casper Ruud or Marin Cilic in the final, it would be the first time in his career that he won the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same season, matching Novak Djokovic's 2021 effort.