Rafael Nadal: ‘Enjoying tennis is essential, and I do not feel that way right now’

Rafael Nadal endured all the obstacles in 2015 and 2016 to get back at the top, standing among the world’s best players since Roland Garros 2017. Despite some minor issues and a reduced schedule, Nadal did not think about serious injuries in the last couple of years, winning notable titles and staying in the top-3 for over four years. Rafa stands on 20 Major titles and 36 Masters 1000 trophies, but he can not think about conquering big events at the moment, sidelined with a foot injury that has been bothering him for two months. Nadal felt a massive pain in the fourth set of the Roland Garros semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic that lasted for over four hours, taking three weeks off the court and skipping Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.

Working hard on his recovery in July, the Spaniard decided to test his foot in Washington, making his Citi Open debut at the beginning of August and facing a stern test in the opening clash. After over three hours, Nadal prevailed over Jack Sock in the third set tie break, struggling with an injury but refusing to surrender, like many times before. Admitting he felt the pain, Nadal still wanted to step on the court against Lloyd Harris a day later, feeling a bit better but falling 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 after two hours and ten minutes.

Rafael Nadal withdraw from Toronto and Cincinnati with ongoing foot pain.

Rafa felt less pain than the previous night but could not cross the finish line first following a late break he suffered in the decider. Nadal decided to withdraw from Toronto and Cincinnati and go home to Spain and see the doctors ahead of his US Open decision. If he can not play at his best, Rafa will withdraw from the season’s last Major, eager to play injury-free again and avoid further issues.

“I have had troubles for a couple of months. It’s not an ideal situation after everything I have achieved in Canada; we had to skip the event last year, and I can not compete this week. It was a tough decision, but that’s how things stand. The most important for me is to enjoy tennis. That’s not possible at the moment due to the pain, and I can not achieve things that I came for to Canada,” Rafael Nadal said.