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Rafael Nadal confirms Wimbledon involvement but Emma Raducanu now a serious doubt

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Rafael Nadal plans to play two warm-up matches in London ahead of Wimbledon - GETTY IMAGES
Rafael Nadal plans to play two warm-up matches in London ahead of Wimbledon – GETTY IMAGES

Rafael Nadal confirmed his participation in Wimbledon, but Emma Raducanu from Eastbourne and should be considered a serious doubt for the championships.

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At a press conference in Mallorca, Nadal revealed that the pain in his left leg had been relieved by a complex procedure. radiofrequency ablation of the nerve What did he endure after? victory at the French Open a little less than two weeks ago.

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“Honestly, I felt some improvements, different sensations on my leg,” Nadal said at a Mallorca country club. “I intend to go to London next Monday, play two matches there before the start of the tournament and just follow my usual schedule to prepare in the best possible way. [for] Wimbledon.

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Nadal also said he would be a father for the first time, confirming rumors first published in the Spanish version of Hello! Magazine (Hola!) next to photos of his wife Maria Franziska Perello in a bathing suit.

“If everything goes well, I will become a father,” Nadal said. “I don’t know how this will affect me because I don’t have experience, but I don’t expect fatherhood to change my professional life.”

The news about Radukan was less than happy. The lateral strain she experienced at Nottingham on 7 June has not improved enough to allow her to play at Eastbourne next week. Entries for the tournament were due to close on Friday afternoon and now Serena Williams has been confirmed as the star attraction in the absence of the British No. 1.

Emma Raducanou was forced out of the Nottingham Open earlier this month - REUTERS
Emma Raducanou was forced out of the Nottingham Open earlier this month – REUTERS

With no other competitive practice ahead of Wimbledon, Radukan might still want to play an exhibition game at Hurlingham Club next week to get some time on the grass court. The event is hosted by her managing agency IMG and has added Novak Djokovic to the roster, which also includes Nadal.

But it’s also becoming increasingly likely that Radukana could end up missing out on Wimbledon, the event where she first rose to fame last year, beating a pair of top 50 opponents en route to the fourth round.

She can’t defend the 240 ranking points she scored there even if she played, as two rounds were stripped of this year’s championship points in retaliation for the All England Club’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.

But it would be a blow to the tournament and its many sponsors if she weren’t able to take part in the biggest event of the year.

Andy Murray is also resting this week after straining his stomach muscles in Stuttgart on Sunday. He is expected to provide an update on his progress on Monday.

Returning to Nadal, the 22-time world champion told reporters that he had been training on Mallorca grass all week and gradually increased the intensity every day. He also said that the aftermath of his outstanding victory in Paris caused him excruciating pain due to Müller-Weiss syndrome, a chronic degenerative condition that involves loss of blood flow to the navicular bone of the left foot.

“The next day I was with you guys with the press in Paris,” he said. “It was a tough day in terms of pain. The day before the trip to Barcelona was much worse. So I went through a couple of difficult days.

“Not much time for rest. But I know that it will be so if I want to play at Wimbledon. I didn’t have time to waste. I had to try to heal. If it works, I’ll have a chance to try to go to Wimbledon. Here’s what I did, and here I am with some positive news.”


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