By Courtney Nguyen
May 04, 2013

(Getty Images) Rafael Nadal could enter the French Open as the fifth seed despite winning the tournament seven times. (Getty Images)

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, French Open officials actually considered reseeding seven-time champion Rafael Nadal.

They thought about making him the tournament's top seed "as a token of appreciation" but have instead opted not to.

The tournament will stick to its traditional system of seeding players according to the ATP rankings as they sit on the Monday before the tournament, May 20.

Nadal, who has dominated Roland Garros by winning seven of the last eight years, has seen his ranking slip to No. 5 after a seven-month absence because of a knee injury. Since his return in February, Nadal has made the final of all six tournaments he's played, winning four of them.

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