Rafa Nadal does not want to miss his appointment with Wimbledon. The Majorcan tennis player has appeared before the media at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponça, in Mallorca, headquarters of the ATP 250 Mallorca Championschips, which starts this weekend.
The tennis player from Manacor has exercised this Friday during two hours with his compatriot Feliciano Lopez, a natural herb specialist. All week he has trained at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponça, which has tracks with a surface similar to those of the All England Lawn Club, Wimbledon venue. Monday started with light exercises, no racket, that have been increasing until completing several sessions at maximum performance.
Nadal will travel to London to exercise and acclimatise. After responding positively to the treatment of pulsed radiofrequency to which he has submitted, the Manacorí does not want to miss out on the possibility of being able to compete for another Grand Slam.
Pulsed radiofrequency treatment is working
The recent winner of Roland Garros, With 22 Grand Slam titles to his credit, he rehearsed the full range of shots on the grass against López, a double champion at Queen’s (2017 and 2019) and a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
Nadal was seen move well on the track without giving signs of the chronic injury -Müller Weiss syndrome-, which he suffers in his left foot and which forced him to undergo a pulsed radio frequency treatment on the different nerves involved in the damaged area.
The press conference, in full
Treatment of your foot injury
“What was done in Barcelona, in two sessions, is not a 100% immediate thing, but changes are quickly noticeable. sometimes another and sometimes I feel ramps in the plant, but in a few weeks everything is reorganized, I’m happy. I haven’t been lame for a week“.
Expectations for Wimbledon
“The sensations are good, playing Roland Garros well helps at the level of confidence, but grass is a different surface and there is little logic. I haven’t played on grass for three years and it will be difficult. The first rounds will be crucial. If you pass them, the rivals are more difficult, but you play with more security. You play the first matches with people with recent experience on these courts and it’s a bit lottery. Wimbledon is the tournament with the fewest references and grass is the shortest season of the year. Let us remember that in Hertogenbosch someone has won who had not won a match before. More unexpected things happen. In recent years three or four tennis players have dominated the big tournaments, but it is not normal.”
Possibility of achieving the Grand Slam
“The last one to achieve it was Rod Laver more than 40 years ago. It’s hard to think that I can do it at 36 years old.”
“I don’t expect the paternity represents a change in my professional life”.
US season after Wimbledon
“I am a professional tennis player and I try to follow the schedule whenever possible. I will do my best to get there well prepared. Normally what I have done is play the first week of the Masters 1,000, in Canada, and then decisions are made. At the moment it has worked well for me and I am not a friend of changing what works well. My intention is to play Wimbledon, rest, then Canada and then the US Open.”
JUAN MIGUEL SANCHEZ
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