Last Friday, news broke that Rafael Nadal will miss the US Open 2021 and the remainder of the season due to a well-known foot injury. The Spanish champion has not set an exact timing for returning to the tour, but his hope is to get back in full shape by the beginning of 2022.
The former world number 1 has played a few tournaments this year, having also had to deal with a back injury in early 2021. The 35-year-old from Manacor still managed to lift a couple of trophies (Barcelona and Rome) , but he never gave the feeling that he was at 100% of his chances.
At the Roland Garros he hoped to score his 21st Grand Slam, but his race was interrupted in the semifinals by the unleashed Novak Djokovic. The Majorcan took two months off to recharge his batteries (giving up Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics), but that choice was not enough.
The return to Washington did not have the desired effects, with Rafa in pain since the first match against Jack Sock. In an interview with El Transistor on Onda Cero, Carlos Moya provided a more detailed picture of Nadal’s state of form.
Moya paints a rather troubling picture
Moya said: “Rafael Nadal’s main goal is to recover the right sensations in his foot and brain, because playing in fits and starts all year has certainly not helped him. He started the season with back pain in Australia, in fact he was far from 100% in the first Grand Slam of 2021.
It is no coincidence that he has played just seven tournaments this year. Given his physical condition, his best choice was to stop, allow the foot to rest and refresh his ideas to get ready for 2022. The nature of this injury has been known to us for some time, there is a diagnosis, but it is not clear what the best treatment is. In the last match he played practically lame.” Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will come back in 2022.