Tennis: Despite his injury, Rafael Nadal should play well at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal during a press conference in Santa Ponsa, near Mallorca, on June 17, 2022. (© AFP / JAIME REINA)

After Melbourne and Paris, Rafael Nadal’s show is set to take place this summer in London – the new one the medical treatment given to his left foot seems to work and the Spaniard intends to try to win a third consecutive Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (June 27-July 10).

“My intention is to try and play Wimbledon Nadal spoke on Friday on his island in Mallorca, in the Balearic archipelago, where he has been training on the pitch since Monday.

“The treatment and the last week of training tell me there is an opportunity,” he added, adding that he would leave for London on Monday, where he would have another week of training during which he would play two exhibition matches.

I haven’t played on the grass in three years and it will be difficult.

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First of the series

And although the fact of having well done at Roland Garros it raises the level of confidence “, he described as” lottery “his first matches at Wimbledon against players who had already left their mark on the grass.

In the absence of world number 1 Daniil Medvedev (excluded because he is Russian) and number 2 Alexander Zverev (injured), Rafael Nadal should be the No. 2 seed in the Major on the grass, behind Novak Djokovic, a three-time title holder.

Most of his training in Mallorca has been done behind closed doors, but images have appeared on social media showing the man with 22 Grand Slam titles. hit the ball without the slightest embarrassment thanks to the new care given to his foot.

Rafael Nadal during training in Santa Ponsa in the Balearic Islands, June 17, 2022.
Rafael Nadal during training in Santa Ponsa in the Balearic Islands, June 17, 2022. (© AFP / JAIME REINA)

“Strange Feelings”

Surprise winner of the Australian Open after almost six months off the circuit to treat this pain linked to a degenerative and incurable disease that affects the plantar bones (Müller-Weiss syndrome) and whose intensity ranges from unbearable – for him – unbearably, he also won his 14th Roland-Garros two days after celebrating his 36th birthday.

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After a physically and psychologically exhausting clay race, he revealed that he had played with an anesthetized foot. But he added that he had no intention of repeating the experience at Wimbledon, a tournament he won twice, in 2008 and 2010, and in which he did not participate in 2021.

However, he had explained that he was going to try another treatment, pulsed radiofrequency (PRF), to numb the nerves more permanently but less deeply than the multiple injections performed during Roland-Garros. These, by their nature, pose a danger to the player whose numb foot can be twisted more easily.

And on Friday, the Mallorcan admitted that he had observed “changes” induced by this treatment with “sometimes a little strange sensations”.

I haven’t limped in a week. I’m happy, he said. It reduced the pain that kept me from pressing on my foot.

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“Rafa” Nadal talking to journalists in Santa Ponsa on the island of Mallorca, Balearic Islands, June 17, 2022. (© AFP / JAIME REINA)

The foot numbs

However, “sometimes one part of the foot gets numb, sometimes another. Apparently it’s normal and after a few weeks the nerves are reorganized, “he said.

And all of a sudden, his horizon seems to be widening: when he wasn’t sure he’d play in the competition again one day on the eve of his Roland-Garros victory, he announced his summer program on Friday: “Wimbledon, rest , Canada and US Open “.

And since the good news never comes alone, Rafael Nadal formalized the pregnancy of his wife Francisca.

“I’ll be a father, I’m not used to talking about my personal life because I think I’m exposed enough to my professional life,” he said simply to confirm a rumor that has been circulating ever since. few days.

Married in 2019 to “Xisca”, his partner since 2005, Nadal had long said that he did not want to have children for the duration of his career because he considered the time he spent on the circuit incompatible with fatherhood.

“I don’t anticipate any change in my professional life” for this upcoming birth, he assured Friday.

Rafael Nadal at a press conference in Santa Ponsa in the Balearic Islands, June 17, 2022.
Rafael Nadal at a press conference in Santa Ponsa in the Balearic Islands, June 17, 2022. (© AFP / JAIME REINA)

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