Rafael Nadal admits his hopes of returning from injury to win the Australian Open or Roland-Garros next year “look very far away”.
The 37-year-old has not played professional tennis since the Australian Open in January, where he lost in straight sets to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.
Since then, the Spaniard has been recovering from a hip injury that has kept him out of action.
“That looks like very far away, even if not impossible. Things in sport change very quickly.”
On the decision to have hip surgery and what he hopes to accomplish in 2024, Nadal said: “Since Indian Wells last year, it has been a hard year and a half, with no peace of mind at all.
“There was no way to recover without surgery. I was not going to recover by stopping…