Rafael Nadal closed his 2021 well in advance, freeing up a place for the ATP Finals in Turin. Injuries have returned to appear in the career of the Spaniard, who this year was the victim of a back problem and subsequently of an annoying foot pain.
Occurred during the Roland Garros semi-final against Novak Djokovic, the foot injury basically prevented the Iberian from competing in the second half of the season. The former world number 1 missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, but that two-month break wasn’t enough to get him back on track.
After playing a couple of matches in Washington, the 20-time Grand Slam champion realized that the only possible solution was that of prolonged rest. The 35-year-old Majorcan has announced that he has also undergone a small foot treatment in recent weeks.
Rinderknech agrees with Rafa Nadal
The hope of all fans is to see him again in good condition at the beginning of 2022. Despite his long absence from the tour, Rafa should still not lose his place in the Top 10 between now and the end of the year.
In a long interview granted to We Love Tennis Magazine, Arthur Rinderknech, who made himself the author of an excellent 2021, cited Nadal when he was asked for an opinion on the issue of mental health.
Arthur Rinderknech: “Regarding the issue of mental health in tennis, I think like Rafael Nadal. I believe there is a close correlation with the figure of the coach. I can’t separate the mental aspect from the game, from the training and from the daily knowledge of the player. I see it this way. At the same time, I have no problem understanding those tennis players who are more comfortable with a specific mental coach.”
The delicate topic of mental health has jumped to the headlines for the events of Naomi Osaka in tennis and Simone Biles in artistic gymnastics. The first of her had revealed her problems during Roland Garros, also generating several controversies.