Rafael Nadal intends to compete at Wimbledon


Rafa Nadal said on Friday that he intends to compete at Wimbledon later this month, when he will try to win his 23rd Grand Slam crown.

After conquering the Australian and French Open this year, Nadal, who turned 36 earlier this month, said the pain in his injured foot has subsided and he will travel to London on Monday to begin his preparation for the grass-court tournament.

“I have lowered the Joint pain that wouldn’t let me support. Sometimes one part (of the foot) falls asleep, sometimes another and sometimes I feel discomfort in the sole (…) But I am happy since I have not been lame for a week, “he said. Rafael Nadal.

The Spanish tennis player He explained that he intends to travel to London on Monday and will see how he feels after a week of training and exhibition matches.

“My intention is play wimbledon. The treatment and the week of training give me hope, and I wouldn’t go if I had no intention of playing. I will travel, I will play an exhibition (…) and I will do a week of training to see if it is possible, ”she stressed.

Nadal said last month in Paris that he had played Roland Garros with painkiller injections before each match, but he doesn’t want to repeat that in other tournaments.

Nadal has not played Wimbledon since 2019, when he reached the semi-finals. The tournament was not held the following year due to the covid-19 pandemic and missed the 2021 edition due to injury.

The last time he reached the Wimbledon final was 11 years ago, when he fell to Novak Djokovic.

“I haven’t played Wimbledon for three years and I’m excited. I don’t know what can happen in five days, I’m cautious, but what has happened so far gives me hope that I can be there”.

Nadal also confirmed that his wife, Mery Perello, is pregnant with their first child.

“If everything goes fine, I’m going to be a father. I don’t usually talk about my private life (…) I don’t expect fatherhood to mean a change in my professional life, ”she said.

“I am a professional tennis player and I try to follow the calendar whenever possible. My intention is to play Wimbledon, rest, then Canada, and then the US Open,” he added. (rts)

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