Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal will play at All England Club but only if his body allows Tennis News

Rafael Nadal, 36, won the US Open and is now the first two majors of 2022 to stay on track for the Grand Slam; the 14-time French Open champion is itching to play at Wimbledon later this month but only if his body allows.

Last Updated: 6/6/22 9:35 AM

Rafael Nadal will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows it

Rafael Nadal will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows it

Rafael Nadal says he will play at Wimbledon later this month, if his body allows, after the Spaniard won the French Open for the 14th time on Sunday.

Nadal, who crushed Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 to remain undefeated in a Roland Garros final, said: “I will be at Wimbledon if my body is ready to be at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss.”

“A major surgery that doesn’t guarantee that I will be able to be competitive again and it will take a long time to get back. [is a risk]. So let’s do it step by step, like I’ve done all my tennis career. “

Rafael Nadal about his future

Nadal, who suffered from a chronic foot injury, now holds a men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles – two away from his closest rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The 36-year-old explained that he played in Sunday’s final with a relaxed footing thanks to a series of injections during the tournament, but that he would not go through a similar procedure again for the Grand Slam meadow.

“Wimbledon is a priority, it has always been a priority. If I can play with anti-inflammatory drugs, yes,” said Nadal. “To play with anesthetic injections, I don’t want to put myself in that position again. It can happen once but no, it’s not the philosophy of life I want to follow.

“Let’s see. I’m always a positive guy and always expect things to go the right way. Let’s be sure, let’s be positive and let’s see what happens.”

Nadal was considering retiring after a foot problem that plagued him as his career resurfaced forced him to miss much of the 2021 season including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.

He arrived in Paris with his own doctor to go through the tournament despite the injury.

Giving details of what’s next for him, he said: “It will be a radio frequency injection on the nerve and will try to burn the nerve a little bit and create the effect I now have on the nerve for a long time.

“That’s what we’re going to try. If that works, I’ll keep going. If that doesn’t work, then it’s going to be another story. And then I’m going to wonder if I’m willing to do something important without being sure things are going the right way, for example.

“A major surgery that doesn’t guarantee that I will be able to be competitive again and it will take a long time to get back. [is a risk]. So let’s do it step by step, like I’ve done all my tennis career. “

Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010

Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010

Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, June 27, with former British No. 1 Tim Henman believing Nadal can enjoy more success in London and move three-quarters to the calendar grand slam if he can fix his injury problems.

“If Nadal is healthy, what’s the big challenge now with this foot injury, can he win Wimbledon? Absolutely,” Henman said. Eurosport. “It’s incredibly exciting. As for who will end up with the most grand slams – a few years ago I would have said Djokovic for sure.

“But now, with that little distance, I think Nadal has a great chance. It will be fascinating to see. You have another chance in three weeks, so fingers crossed. So I hope Rafa can be there. On grass.”

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