Patrick McEnroe believes Rafael Nadal could win up to three more French Open titles if he recovers well and then stays healthy.
Nadal, 35, is a record 13-time French Open champion but he failed to win the title at Roland Garros this year.
Nadal, who was hampered by a foot issue throughout the whole 2021 season, lost the French Open semifinal to Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic captured his second French Open title and prevented Nadal from winning a fifth consecutive title at Roland Garros.
“If he stays healthy, he (Nadal) could end up winning one to three more French Opens,” ESPN analyst McEnroe said, per TENNIS magazine. “That’s a reasonable argument to make. It’s harder to make an argument that he can win multiple other majors at this point.”
Nadal not afraid of life without tennis
Nadal will be turning 36 next season and he is in the last stage of his career.
“I try not to think about my age as much as possible. I will retire when I don’t feel fresh physically and mentally. I also realize now how much I love tennis and I have a real privilege to play for such a long time. Afterwards, when my racket is put away, I will also devote more time to my foundation, which supports economically disadvantaged children. But the truth is, I am not at all afraid of life without tennis,” Nadal recently told Number Web.
Nadal put an end to his 2021 season in August to focus on recovering from his foot injury.
“I don’t know when I will play again. I work every day and follow a specific plan, with very clear goals that I will not reveal what they are, because there are things that I cannot control 100 percent,” Nadal recently said.
“I trust that everything I am doing will give the result that we hope to get.”