22-time Grand Slam trophy champion Rafael Nadal didn’t have much time to celebrate his 14th Roland Garros crown. Born in Manacor, he underwent a couple of radiofrequency treatments in Barcelona and stepped on the grass court at home in Mallorca. The Spaniard is doing everything he can to recover his troubled left foot and prepare for Wimbledon. Nadal has been training on grass for the past few days and shared the court with Feliciano Lopez on Friday, looking good and hoping to be ready for the All England Club. Rafa claimed his second Australian Open crown earlier in the year and handed over his 14th Roland Garros trophy to improve his tally to 22 Grand Slam titles. Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, having played a couple more finals and skipping the most prestigious tennis event in 2004, 2009, 2016 and 2021 due to various injuries. Rafa made his Wimbledon debut in 2003 after turning 17 and scored two wins to become one of the youngest players in the third round. The Spaniard played in five consecutive Wimbledon finals between 2006 and 2011 before losing ground between 2012 and 2017 after failing to reach the quarter-finals! Nadal raised his level at Wimbledon in 2018, beating five opponents in his first semi-final in seven years. Novak Djokovic stopped Nadal in five epic sets and five hours and 15 minutes of a two-day battle! A year later, Rafa dropped a set en route to another Wimbledon semi-final, where he had no chance against Roger Federer. Halfway through a Grand Slam on the calendar, Rafa will seek the 23rd Majors crown in London if his feet allow him to compete and endure the best of five sets. After facing Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, Rafa enjoyed a relaxed day at the office in the Roland Garros final.
P. McEnroe speaks about Nadal
Rafael Nadal trounced Casper Ruud in straight sets in the final to lift his 14th Roland Garros trophy. Speaking on Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe, the 55-year-old former American professional addressed these conspiracy theories. “So Nadal goes on to win,” McEnroe said. “I don’t know how he does it, he said he took some painkilling injections. I’m no doctor, I don’t know exactly what they are. People, you know, there are conspiracy theorists now coming out in the tennis world. There’s one conspiracy that Nadal is doping, he’s taking some sort of drug. Look, they test him all the time at the Majors and whatever they’re putting in his ankle, I tink it’s just a painkiller,” he added. “Again, I’m not a doctor, I don’t know exactly what it is, but if it was something that was against the rules he’d be caught.”