Rafael Nadal had a dream start to the season, in which he reaffirmed that he is an absolute legend of modern sport.
After winning the Australian Open and winning his first 20 games played in 2022, the Spanish champion has conquered Roland Garros for the 14th time in his career.
The former world number 1 had arrived in Paris in precarious conditions, thanks to the pain in his foot that has tormented him since 2005.
Thanks to a series of infiltrations and the help of his doctor Cotorro, the 36-year-old from Manacor managed to accomplish yet another memorable feat.
Triumphing at Porte d’Auteuil, Rafa hoisted himself to 22 slams, further stretching over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time classification.
In a few days we will know whether or not the Majorcan will participate in Wimbledon, which will start on Monday 27 June at Church Road.
Nadal underwent a new foot treatment in Barcelona, hoping to ease the pain and be able to continue playing.
In the latest edition of her now famous podcast, Rennae Stubbs commented on Rafa’s feat in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Stubbs opens up on Rafa Nadal
“You know just to see Rafael Nadal again, find a way, with literally a dead foot – I knew when he said that he was bringing his doctor to the French Open, I knew exactly was going to be happening.
I knew that he would be hitting that foot out with as much painkiller and anaesthetic that he could, to be able to operate on the tennis court and run,” Stubbs said, adding, “You know to see what he did by winning the tournament again is just outrageous.”
The Australian shed light on what it meant for Nadal to put his “foot to sleep” and the associated risks involved that include potential tearing, rolling of the ankles, or even a fracture.
“To put his foot to sleep basically, to think he has an issue with the bone sort of basically depleting on him and cutting the nerve so he can actually run on a tennis court without pain is just outrageous,” Stubb said.
“You hear it in his voice, he knows that he cannot sustain that because when you put your foot to sleep you don’t have as much control over it and he’s probably worried about tearing or obviously going over on his ankle or he could fracture his foot and he has no idea because he has no pain in it because he’s deadened it so it’s just unbelievable,” she said.