Rafael Nadal confirmed on Friday that he will compete at Wimbledon this year despite his persistent foot problem. The Spaniard stated that he will fly to London following excellent training sessions this week following foot therapy in Barcelona. Check out complete details about it below.
“I intend to play Wimbledon,” the 36-year-old declared during a news conference in Mallorca, according to Reuters. “I’ve been pain-free for a week and have been practising, which suggests that I may be able to compete in the competition.”
Post completion of the French Open, in which he won a record-extending 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam championship, Nadal disclosed that he had to utilise painkilling injections to dull the pain in his left foot.
The stride he took was risky since the loss of sensation in his left foot may have dulled him to the point where he missed an accident that may have aggravated the already fragile region.
Nadal has Mueller-Weiss syndrome, a severe and uncommon degenerative foot ailment in which blood is cut off from the navicular bone. The Spaniard suffers from constant discomfort as a result of the ailment, which he has had since 2005.
The condition has troubled him for almost his entire professional career, and it contributed in his semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at last year’s French Open, forcing him to miss the rest of the season and even have corrective surgery.
When he was capable of playing pain-free in his victory at the Australian Open in February, the condition flared up again during the clay season. After Roland Garros, Nadal stated that the anaesthetic shots he was receiving were given to the nerves and that he will undertake a “radio frequency” therapy to be able to burn part of the same nerves and freeze him.
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