Rafael Nadal This Monday the countdown has begun to find out if the pulsed radiofrequency treatment to which he underwent last Tuesday in Barcelona on his left foot is having positive effects. In the morning, the champion of fourteen titles at Roland Garros, the last one on Sunday, June 5 against the Norwegian Casper Ruud, had his first contact with the grass of the Santa Ponça Country Club, the stage for the Mallorca Championships starting next Saturday, to analyze your feelings. He has been a first step to check the condition of your foot and how it unfolds when stepping on a grass surface, the one that makes the Manacor tennis player’s joints suffer the most.
Nadal has come first thing in the morning to the facilities of Santa Ponça in a very brief visit. The Majorcan has tested his shoes on the grass, making a few movements, but at all times without a racket. It will be this Tuesday when he will carry out a more serious and long-lasting first training session to check his condition and how long he can last and if he is in a position to play the Wimbledon tournament, the third major of the year that takes place from June 27 to 10 July.
The uncle and former coach of the Manacor champion, Toni Nadal, has expressed this weekend his confidence that his nephew can be present at Wimbledon. “He has told me that the treatment is going well for him,” said the Canadian’s current coach Felix Augier-Aliassime.
A few minutes after raising his fourteenth Musketeers cup, in a packed press room, Nadal explained in detail the treatment he was going to undergo in order to continue playing and competing. The goal was lengthen the time your foot was asleep and avoid injections that have been applied half an hour before each match at Roland Garros. Nadal wants to avoid continuing to have pain. “I’ll undergo treatment, and if it doesn’t work, I’m clear about what’s going on,” said the Spaniard, referring to the fact that he would be considering withdrawing in the event that the new attempt to end his foot problems did not work. The other option was a surgical intervention that would definitively end the pain, but would prevent him from continuing to be a tennis professional. “I should be unemployed for more than half a year and, at 36 years old, I don’t know if it’s worth it“, commented.
What Nadal did rule out outright was that he inject himself again to play at Wimbledon: “If I have to inject myself again, I won’t play,” he said, because in the long run it can be harmful.