With ten days to go before Wimbledon begins, Rafael Nadal’s presence wins whole numbers. The tennis player, recent winner at Roland Garros and the Australian Open earlier this year, continues to treat his left foot and is testing himself after undergoing a new radiofrequency treatment which he says is “satisfactory for the time being”. It has allowed me to train and for me it’s a step forward.” However, the Mallorcan neither agrees nor denies. His participation in the British tournament (from June 27th to July 10th) is gaining momentum and the final decision is postponed until next week.
Nadal, 36, will fly to London on Monday to attend the Hurlingham exhibition and once that final test is complete he will be maneuvering one way or the other. Because the left foot of the Balearic, the evil that has caused so many headaches throughout his career and especially recently, is going in the right direction for now. This was confirmed this Friday by the athlete who has been training at the Mallorca Country Club facilities for the past five days; a club that will host the Mallorca Championships (category 250) from tomorrow and has grass pitches identical to those at Wimbledon.
“It’s not 100% immediate, but changes are noticeable. I noticed her. The sensations are a bit strange if I’m honest; The joint pain that kept me from supporting has gone down, although strange things are happening. With this treatment, sometimes one part of my foot becomes numb and sometimes another; I have approx ramps [calambres] in the plant, but apparently it is something normal; Theoretically, after a few weeks, the nerve reorganizes and sends the appropriate signals, so let’s hope that after the reorganization everything will be fine. I’m happy I haven’t been lame for a week. I’ve suffered pain, different from the one I had, but for me it’s already a step forward,” the Balearic responded to EL PAÍS’ question.
In any case, given the background, Nadal chooses to be cautious and will only decide at the last minute. The tennis player from Manacor traveled to Barcelona on June 7, just two days after lifting his 14th trophy in Paris, and there he underwent a new repair technique at the Teknon Clinic, consisting of “impulses on the peripheral nerves” with the aim of numbing them and thus reducing pain. He repeated later. It should be borne in mind that Nadal has suffered from a congenital scaphoid injury (Müller-Weiss syndrome) since the beginning of his professional career; Last year he had to pause for more than half a year and this year it hit him hard in Rome, the opener to Roland Garros.
“My intention is to try and play Wimbledon if there’s a chance and the feeling this week is telling me there’s a chance. My intention is to go there and if I go it’s because I intend to play; If things don’t go as we imagined over the days, we’ll see what happens,” said the Spaniard, currently number four in the world; “But that’s not a mathematical thing. Not everything in medicine is 100% mathematical, and I can only speak of what I am sure of; what I don’t know, no. Two meetings were held and at the moment I think the development is satisfactory; what can happen in five days…”.
This season Nadal has recorded 30 wins and only three losses. His 2022 is reflected in Melbourne, Australian Open, Acapulco and Roland Garros titles, in addition to the final he lost to American Taylor Fritz in Indian Wells. A duel that he played injured after suffering “a stress fracture in the third left rib cage” the day before.
“Every day I improved at the level of tennis sensations and the fact that I played well in Paris gives me confidence,” he said. “And if all goes well, I have another week of training in London. If I can complete it I hope to be competitive. Turf is a very difficult surface, even if you haven’t played for years, as is the case with me [la última vez que compitió sobre el césped fue en 2019], each round is complicated. The start of the tournament will be decisive for me. It’s all about picking up the pace and making sure you get through the first few laps. It makes me excited and I have faith that things will go well,” he concluded.