Coach Marc Lopez has confirmed that Rafael Nadal’s foot has been holding up well so far and the Spaniard is definitely preparing for Wimbledon.
After undergoing a foot treatment in Spain, Nadal trained for a week in Mallorca, before playing two exhibition matches at the Hurlingham Club this week.
“There are good days and bad days,” Lopez told EFE, per Eurosport. “This surface is very unforgiving, everything happens very quickly. We are training with people who serve very well. At the moment, everything is positive. The foot issue, which was always the most worrying thing, is OK. We have to finish adjusting training, the other day [Wednesday] he played very well in the exhibition [at the Hurlingham Club against Wawrinka] and now we need to be ready for Tuesday’s [first-round] match [at Wimbledon]. From everything you can draw conclusions, but in the end this is still training. What you have to do every day is feel more comfortable on this surface, which you hardly play on for the whole year. Rafa has not played here in three years. All the training sessions add up, even those in which you don’t feel good, because they help you correct things for the next one.”
Nadal played two exhibition matches this week
On Wednesday, Nadal ousted Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 in his first grass match of the year at the Hurlingham Club.
On Friday, Nadal suffered a three-set defeat as Felix Auger-Aliassime beat the Spaniard 7-6 (6) 4-6 10-3.
Next up for Nadal will be Francisco Cerundolo, the Argentine he drew in the Wimbledon first round.
“He’s a guy who played very well in Miami [Cerundolo got to the semi-finals],” Lopez said of Nadal’s Wimbledon opponent. “We haven’t analysed the draw yet, but all the rivals on grass are difficult because it’s a special surface and he [Cerundolo] comes from winning a good match at Queen’s [over Pedro Martinez].”