Rafael Nadal ended his season ahead of the US Open after aggravating a foot injury and is now a doubt for the Australian Open after sharing uncertainties over his return date.
Rafael Nadal has admitted he is unsure of when he will return to the match court, leaving him in doubt for the Australian Open. The Spaniard ended his season early after aggravating an ongoing foot injury and has since undergone a “medical procedure”. Despite uncertainties surrounding his comeback, the world No 6 still has goals for his comeback but is reluctant to share them.
Nadal has barely played since suffering a shock semi-final loss at Roland Garros, where he is a 13-time champion.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion subsequently pulled out of Wimbledon and the Olympics, later revealing he had aggravated a left foot injury that stopped him playing tennis for 20 days.
He made a short-lived return at the ATP 500 in Washington, playing just two matches before returning home to consult with his doctor and announcing he would be taking the rest of the year off to heal his foot properly.
After making a return to the practice court, Nadal has now admitted he doesn’t have a clear date in mind for his comeback.
“I want to recover from the injury to come back in shape,” the former world No 1 was quoted as saying by 20 Minutos.
The 35-year-old was awarded the honour of becoming an ‘adopted son’ of the Mallorcan town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassa after supporting the area during the 2018 floods.
“I do not know when I will play again, but I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan, with a very clear roadmap and with very clear objectives.”
Speaking to reporters as he received the honour, the Mallorcan added: “I will not say what those objectives are because there are things that I cannot control one hundred percent, but inside my head I am clear about what my objectives are and I trust that things will follow a positive course to be able to try to compete.”
Nadal also revealed he had “relatively recently” undergone an “aggressive” treatment on his foot, and was putting the work in to ensure he recovered properly in order to make a successful return to the match court.
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