Rafael Nadal, 36, has won the US Open and now the first two majors of 2022 to stay on course for the Grand Slam; the 14-time French Open champion is itching to play at Wimbledon later this month but only if his body allows.
Rafael Nadal says he will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows after the Spaniard won the French Open for the 14th time on Sunday.
Nadal, who crushed Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 to stay undefeated in Roland Garros finals, said: “I am going to be in Wimbledon if my body is ready to be in Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament that I want to miss.”
“A major surgery that doesn’t guarantee me to be able to be competitive again and take a long time to be back [is a risk]. So let’s do it step by step, as I did all my tennis career”
Nadal, who has been suffering from a chronic foot injury, now owns a men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles – two clear of his nearest rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The 36-year-old explained he had played Sunday’s final with a numbed foot thanks to a series of injections throughout the tournament, but that he would not go through a similar procedure again for the grass-court Grand Slam.
“Wimbledon is a priority, always has been a priority. If I’m able to play with anti-inflammatories yes,” Nadal said. “To play with anaesthetic injections, I do not want to put myself in that position again. It can happen once but no, it’s not the philosophy of life I want to follow.
“Let’s see. I am always a positive guy and always expect the things are going the right way. Let’s be confident, let’s be positive and let’s see what’s going on.”
Nadal had considered retiring after a foot problem, which has troubled him throughout his career resurfaced, forced him to miss much of the 2021 season including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.
He arrived in Paris with his own doctor to get through the tournament despite the injury.