Wimbledon: Rafa Nadal signed up for Wimbledon: “I intend to play”


The Balearic tennis player, who has not played the British tournament since 2019, will be seeded second due to the absence of Medvedev and Zverev. “I haven’t been lame for a week,” he says of his leg radiofrequency treatment.

Rafa Nadal during his training in Mallorca.
Rafa Nadal during his training in Mallorca.jam queenAFP
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Around 10:30, when Rafa Nadal began his training on the grass at Mallorca Country Club, the thermometer was already hovering around 30 degrees. A few hours after that session opened to the media, at around 1:45 pm, he officially announced what might have been suspected with photos and videos of his condition after that appointment: “On Monday I Travels to London and I’m done with Intent to play at Wimbledon He announced it 12 days after being crowned at Roland Garros by 14. He now points to the London green, a mat on which He hasn’t made a move since the semifinals Roger Federer of 2019. The suspension of the tournament due to the pandemic, earlier, and a foot injury, last year, have kept him away from a beautiful podium, which he has won twice, although the last one, in 2010, has already passed. long years.

The Balearic tennis player said before confirming his appearance, “I am happy with the treatment. I haven’t been limping for a week, which is important, and I have suffered different pains in my day to day.” In the third major of O. “My intention is to try to play Wimbledon. I intend to travel to London on Monday and I intend to play it. If things don’t go as I wish, we will see. I want to train there in a week’s time.” For, play an exhibition in hurlingham And see how I develop. I prepare myself in the best way I can.”

At 36, Nadal will be celebrating his 15th visit to Wimbledon, where he hasn’t been since 2019 following the pandemic and injury. In his last two matches, he had fallen in the semi-finals. Novak Djokovik (2018) and Federer, the following year. There he has played five finals in his career, lifting the Cup with that memorable nightfall against Federer in 2008, and in 2010, when he defeated Tomas Berdych, In 2011, against Djokovic, he played (and lost) in what is currently his last final in London.

“You have to have some patience without playing on grass for three years. I have a week of training left in London and I hope it helps me be competitive in the tournament,” he admitted. “Grass is a very hard surface because there’s little logic. And even more years later I haven’t. Any round is complicated and the start of the tournament is going to be important. If you move, you’re first.” compete more generally for personal safety. And the speed of the competition on the grass. Somehow I’m going to try to survive however I can”, is his best recipe in the British capital.

“The pain has subsided”

without number one Daniil MedvedevVetoed by the tournament’s organization to be Russian (so are Belarusian rackets), nor German Alexander ZverevRecovering from a serious injury suffered during the Roland Garros semi-final against Rafa Nadal, the Balearic tennis player appears in the tournament as the second seed, only behind Djokovic, which he would not face until a fictional final. It was half a century (1973) that the first two tennis players in the rankings had been absent from the British Grand Slam.

“The pain that didn’t let me support myself has subsided. With nerve therapy, sometimes some parts of my leg fall asleep. But this is somewhat normal and, in theory, it can be overcome in a few weeks. is reorganized”, he elaborated. Regarding the treatment of radiofrequency to which one has been subjected. “There have been two seasons that were planned ahead of Wimbledon, and the development, as I think, is turning out to be satisfactory. We’ll see in five days. I know things turn out. allowed me to train, and so I decided to travel to London. I am confident that things will go well,” he concluded.

It will be the eighth tournament Nadal has played in this season, where he has already had a month-and-a-half halt after a stress fracture in his third left rib that he suffered during the semi-finals at Indian Wells. Carlos Alcarazu, all fell in the final taylor fritz, It was one of three losses that he accumulated this year (he lost to Alcaraz in the Madrid quarter-finals and against Shapovalov Eighth in Rome) where he has won four titles (30 wins): Melbourne, Australian Open, Acapulco and Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, he will have a new opportunity to extend that tremendous record by shining 22 Grand Slam titles never before seen on the men’s circuit.

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