Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova thinks Rafael Nadal has a better chance of getting healthy than Roger Federer and Serena Williams but she is hoping to see Federer and Williams again on the court.
Nadal, 35, put an end to his 2021 season due to a persistent foot injury.
Federer, 40, who underwent two knee surgeries last year, recently announced a third knee surgery.
Williams, 39, hasn’t played since Wimbledon and on Wednesday she pulled out of the US Open due to a hamstring issue.
“I think Rafa has a much better chance of getting healthy, and he’s younger also,” Navratilova said, per The New York Times. “If the foot heals up, he’ll be good to go. But with Roger and Serena, I think they’ll still play. I don’t think we will never see them play a match again, but I just don’t know what level they can get to.”
Navratilova gives credit to Williams for not giving up
“Serena has won 23 majors, period, end of story,” Navratilova said. “She’s still Serena. I don’t think winning 24 makes her any greater. The fact she’s trying is to be commended. The people saying she shouldn’t have tried because she’s just hurting her legacy, they are full of it. My goodness. The only people who never fail are the ones that never try.”
Navratilova won her final Grand Slam singled title at Wimbledon in 1990, at the age of 33.
“I won my last Wimbledon on bad knees, and I wish I had gotten them fixed sooner, just like I’m sure Serena wishes she had gotten the hamstring taken care of sooner,” she said. “When the body doesn’t let you do what you know you can do that’s the most frustrating thing. If you’re just not good enough you can accept that, but when your body is kind of sabotaging you, that is a heartbreak.”