Paula Badosa contracted an abductor injury just before the Australian Open earlier this year and missed the opening Grand Slam of the season. Badosa is now hit with another bad luck as she has suffered a spinal injury that will keep her out of the French Open. The 25-year-old Spanish player has dropped to the 29th World ranking from No.2 after an injury-prone season.
Paula revealed she got injured during the Italian Open against the Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova in the Round of 16. Although she won the game against Karolina , but eventually lost in the quarterfinals against Jelena Ostapenko.
In a statement on Thursday, just before the Roland Garros draw was going to be announced, Paula informed the fans about her injury, "Just when everything seemed to be fine again, I received bad news just before the start of a Grand Slam. At the tournament in Rome, I suffered a stress fracture in my spine."
The Manhattan, New York-born tennis star continued and said that it is going to keep her off the court for some time and thanked her fans for their support. Paula added, "It has been very hard news after such a difficult start of the season with injuries. This is going to keep me out of the competition for some weeks. Thanks to all of you who are with me no matter what. I'll keep you updated."
It is doubtful if Badosa can attain full fitness before the US Open, which is scheduled to take place later this year. Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz will go into the French Open as the top seeds. Novak Djokovic who dropped to No.3 in the rankings, will also be looking to win the clay-court tournament after winning the titles back in 2016 and 2021. The French Open begins on Sunday, May 28.