Veteran Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal said he would not rule out participation in the English Open, Wimbledon, later this month.
Nadal crowned his fourteenth title in men’s singles at the French Open “Roland Garros”, the second of four Grand Slam tournaments this season, to break his record for most player to win the title.
“I would be at Wimbledon if my body was ready. It’s a game I don’t want to miss,” said Nadal, who also confirmed his record for the most titles in the Whites’ four Grand Slam titles, with 22 titles.
Nadal’s entry into the grass court tournament depends on his ability to recover from the chronic injury to his foot.
Nadal explained that he played the Roland Garros final against Norwegian Casper Ruud with a drugged foot after undergoing a series of injections throughout the tournament, although he revealed he was unwilling to undergo a similar procedure again.
Nadal stressed that participating in Wimbledon is a priority for me, it has always been a priority. If you can play with anti-inflammatories, yes. As for playing with anesthesia injections, I don’t want to put myself in this position again. It may happen once, but it’s not the philosophy of life I want to follow.
Just months before winning this year’s Australian Open, Nadal considered retiring after a foot problem reared its head during his career.
The Spanish star missed most of the 2021 season, including the Tokyo Olympics, but was positive about a possible trip to London to participate in Wimbledon, which starts on June 27.
“I’m always a positive guy and I always expect things to go in the right direction,” Nadal emphasized.