Rafael Nadal Says His “Intention Is To Play At Wimbledon”

Rafael Nadal Says His “Intention Is To Play At Wimbledon”

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal said on Friday that he intends to play at Wimbledon but his final decision will depend on how his left foot feels after training in London next week. “My intention is to play at Wimbledon,” Nadal told a news conference in Mallorca. “The last week of treatment and training tells me there is an opportunity. I will travel to London on Monday, play an exhibition in Harlingham and train for a week to see if it is possible.”

Nadal said the injection meant his left foot felt “asleep” during the French Open final on June 5 – he still won the 22nd Grand Slam title by defeating Caspar Road.

Nadal, who has confirmed that he is going to be a father for the first time, launched “Pulsed Radio Frequency Stimulation” during a trip to Barcelona last week, aimed at reducing nerve pain.

A spokesman for Nadal said the treatment would “temporarily numb” his leg nerves.

The 36-year-old then had his first grass session at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponca on Monday, and this week he has steadily increased his training intensity.

“I’ve seen a difference, to be honest, there are some weird feelings,” Nadal said.

“With nerve therapy, things happen in your feet, sometimes one part of the foot becomes numb, sometimes another.

“It simply came to our notice then. After a few weeks, the nerves regroup.

“I’m glad. I’ve felt a little bit of pain, but it’s different from what I was before, which is progress for me.”

Nadal has won Wimbledon twice in his career, in 2008 and 2010.

He was ruled out of last year’s tournament due to pain in his left foot, while the 2020 tournament was canceled due to epidemics, meaning Nadal is hoping to play for the All-England club for the first time in three years. Are

“I will travel to London, play two matches there before the tournament and follow my usual schedule to prepare for Wimbledon,” Nadal said.

“Who knows what might happen in a day or two – if the situation changes or something worse happens (happens), there will be a moment to explain.

“But I’m excited to travel to Wimbledon and play for the first time in three years.”

He said his plan is to play Wimbledon, Aram, then Canada and then the US Open.

The results of Nadal’s career at Wimbledon have been relatively limited, and he acknowledged that a lack of match practice on the grass could weaken him in the early rounds this year.

“Playing well at Roland Garros helps build confidence levels but the grass is a different level and there is very little logic in those things,” said the world number four.

“I haven’t played grass in three years and it will be difficult. The first rounds will be important – if you go through them, the opponents are harder, but you also play with more rhythm.

“The first match you play is a lottery against those with recent experience on the courts.”


He then turned to personal matters, saying: “If all goes well, I’m going to be a father.

“I’m not used to talking about my personal life. I prefer to have a low profile for comfort. I don’t expect it to change my professional life,” Nadal said.

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