After winning his 22nd career Slam title at the Roland Garros 2022, his fourteenth in Paris, Rafael Nadal underwent a new foot treatment with the aim of taking the court at Wimbledon. The Spanish champion has never won the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the same season and the Grand Slam dream is more alive than ever.
Despite continuing foot problems, Nadal has in fact shown that he can compete to his full potential and will do everything to beat the competition even on the All England Club lawns. Nadal explained in Paris: "If my body allows it, I'll be in Wimbledon: someone like me certainly doesn't want to miss that tournament.
My desire is to take the field, but I can't give a certain answer yet. What I am sure of is that I will not repeat the foot injections done here in Paris. If I can play by taking simple anti-inflammatories then I'll be there."
Nadal trains on grass
The nerve treatment of the foot, at least according to the statements of Toni Nadal, could have had the desired effect and gave the 36-year-old from Mancor the possibility of not having to entrust his fate to dangerous infiltrations.
"At first he was in a lot of pain, but yesterday he told me it was much better. If he has even a small chance of being there, he will definitely play Wimbledon. He will train on the court next Monday," Uncle Toni explained to Tennisnet.
Nadal kept to his schedule and returned to training on grass at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponca. The Spaniard will be able to assess his physical condition directly on the pitch and make the final decision on the next edition of the Wimbledon tournament, which will not see Russian and Belarusian tennis players compete.
Everything seems to be going according to plan and Nadal's presence in London is getting closer and closer. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has not participated in the London Major since 2019, when he lost in the semifinals to Roger Federer.
In the last two editions in which he took part, only the Swiss and Novak Djokovic prevented him from reaching the final.