Rafael Nadal: I will play Wimbledon if my body allows

Rafael Nadal French Open

June 5, 2022; Paris, France; Rafael Nadal (ESP) celebrates victory in the men’s singles final against Caspar Rudd (NOR) on the 15th day of the French Open at Stade Roland-Garros. Compulsory Credit: Susan Mulane – USA Today Sports

Paris-French Open champion Rafa Nadal will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows him, the Spaniard told Roland Garros on Sunday after winning for a record-breaking 14 times.

“When my body is ready to go to Wimbledon, I will stay at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss, “said Nadal, who is suffering from a chronic leg injury.

Double Wimbledon champion Nadal Roland Garros lost to Norway’s Caspar Rudd 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

The 36-year-old, who has won the first two major titles of the season, now owns a record 22 Grand Slam singles titles – two more than his nearest rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Wimbledon will start on June 26.

Nadal explained that he played Sunday’s final due to a series of injections throughout the tournament, but he could not go through the same process for the Grasscourt Grand Slam.

“Wimbledon is a priority, always a priority. If I can play with anti-inflammatory yes, Nadal says.

“I don’t want to put myself in that position again, to play with anesthetic injections. It can happen once but no it is not the philosophy of life that I want to follow.

“Let’s see. I’m always a positive person and I always hope things go the right way. Let’s be confident, let’s be positive and let’s see what happens.”

In the final of the Australian Open in January, Nadal, who came down from two sets to defeat Daniel Medvedev, 36, on Friday, won his second title there.

A couple of months ago he was even thinking of retiring after a foot problem that plagued him throughout his career, forcing him to miss most of the 2021 season, including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.

Despite the injury, he arrived in Paris with his doctor to go through the tournament.

Explaining what would happen next for him, he said: “It’s going to be a radio frequency injection into the nerves and trying to burn the nerves a bit and create the effect that the nerves have for a long time now. .

“It simply came to our notice then. If it works, I’m going to continue. If that doesn’t work, it’s going to be another story. And then I’m going to ask myself if I’m ready to do a big thing without being sure things are going the right way, for example.

“A major surgery that doesn’t guarantee me to be competitive again and takes a long time to come back (a risk). So let’s do it step by step, like I’ve done all my tennis career.”

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