Nadal lacking grass-court matches, having back problems ahead of Wimbledon

Saturday, June 14, 2014 /by
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Rafael Nadal is going back to Mallorca after losing his opening match in Halle, and will not train for a few days until next week at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard, who was practicing on grass at Halle less than a day after winning the French Open, said it had been a month since he had a day off. He did not know whether he would play an exhibition next week to try to get some practice.

"So probably I will take two or three days off," said Nadal, who has often returned to Mallorca for a few days between his grasscourt warmup and Wimbledon.

"I will fly to Wimbledon Wednesday early morning and play and practice a few days there. I don’t know if I’m going to have one match or not before," he said.

Nadal also admitted that his back was bothering him. "I don’t have a very bad feeling but I still feel the back a little bit," he said. "It’s something similar I had at the Australian Open. I have a little bit of an oedema in the bone in the back.

"And I felt that during Roland Garros in the first round, especially in the second round it was worse. But it’s true that after the second round I was improving. Today is not the worst day but I feel that I need to improve, I need to rest a little bit. I need to improve a little bit to try to play well in Wimbledon."

The serve is where he is most affected, he explained. "It’s a little bit more dangerous for me to change the directions. It’s difficult to create all the power with the back," said Nadal.

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