Rafael Nadal: ‘My foot feels better, I will give it a go at Wimbledon’

Rafael Nadal will compete at the upcoming Wimbledon. The Spaniard underwent two foot treatments in Barcelona, and he feels much better than a couple of weeks ago. Thus, the 22-time Major winner will travel to Wimbledon on Monday and prepare for the season’s third Major. Rafa has won all 14 matches at Majors in 2022, conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros and hoping for the first Wimbledon triumph since 2010. Dealing with severe left foot pain, the Spaniard could play only a couple of tournaments in the past 12 months, skipping the last year’s Wimbledon and playing only two matches after Roland Garros.

Nadal needed injections ahead of every encounter at the recently finished Roland Garros, enduring all the efforts and claiming the 14th Parisian trophy. Rafa returned home and had no time to celebrate, undergoing those treatments in Barcelona and feeling much better ahead of his training on grass. The Spaniard has had several demanding practice sessions at home in Mallorca, and he feels ready to test his skills at Wimbledon for the first time in three years. Nadal’s Wimbledon titles came in 2008 and 2010, with three more finals between 2006 and 2011. Rafa did not play well in London between 2012 and 2017, failing to reach the quarter-final and improving his level in 2018 and 2019.

Rafael Nadal will play Wimbledon.

Rafa lost the semi-final clashes to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, and he hopes for a better run in the upcoming weeks. Nadal dropped only one set en route to the last four in 2019, beating Nick Kyrgios, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey to remain on the title course. The Spaniard faced Roger Federer in their 40th and so far the last encounter, and Roger scored a 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in three hours and two minutes. In the absence of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, Rafa should be the 2nd seed at Wimbledon behind the defending champion Novak Djokovic.

“I intend to play Wimbledon. I could walk without limping for the past week, which is always a good sign. My foot has to settle a bit after two treatments, and it should be even better in a couple of days. Some parts of my foot are still numb at moments, and there are cramps. Still, I’m happy overall, and things are going in the right direction. The pain has not disappeared completely, but the situation is much better than before,” Rafael Nadal said.