The tennis world is witnessing the close of an era, as the Spanish icon exits the prestigious group for the first time since 2005. Nadal's unwavering dominance in the rankings for almost two decades has left an indelible mark on the sport.
However, a series of unfortunate injuries and unexpected defeats have led to his gradual descent in the ATP Rankings. The issues began with his continuous struggle with injuries since Wimbledon last year, which significantly impacted his performance and tournament participation.
In the newest edition of the ATP Rankings, Nadal is ranked 13th as Jannik Sinner and Cameron Norrie are the first two players out of the Top 10 and ranked ahead of the Spaniard. Out of his 2715 points, Nadal will soon defend 2000 at the Roland Garros, where he'll want to win his 15th title.
After it became obvious that due to his injury, he'll drop out of the Top 10, the 22-time Grand Slam champion spoke about his streak and although he's sad it's ending, he knows a number next to his name in the rankings column doesn't define him.
"I prefer to be in the top-10, it's obvious, but in the end you have to accept things as they come. With all the injuries I've had over the last 18 years, not having left the top-10 at any occasion is practically a miracle."
While Nadal's exit from the Top 10 marks the end of a chapter in his illustrious career, it also ushers in a new era for tennis. The stage is set for the next generation of players to make their mark and carry the torch forward. As for Nadal, his unwavering determination and love for the sport will undoubtedly fuel his pursuit to reclaim his place among the elite.