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Rafael Nadal still aims to play Wimbledon despite lingering foot injury
The 36-year-old is halfway to winning a Calendar Year Grand Slam after winning both the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2022.
Published Jun 06, 2022
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Rafael Nadal has revealed plans for treating his chronic foot issue, saying a procedure next week will determine whether he plays Wimbledon.
The 36-year-old spoke of the full extent of the problems he had experienced following his record 14th French Open victory. Nadal has been diagnosed with Muller-Weiss syndrome, caused by the deterioration of a small bone in his right foot.
The condition forced him to take five months off the tour in 2021 and affected him again in Rome just before Paris.
"I was able to play during these two weeks with extreme conditions," he told press. "I had to take a lot of anti-inflammatories too. But before every single match I had to do a couple of injections.
"That is why I was able to play during these two weeks, no, because I have no feelings on my foot, because my doctor was able to put anesthetic injections on the nerves.
"But at the same time, it's a big risk in terms of less feelings, a little bit bigger risk of turning your ankle or have produce another stuff there.
"That's was the only way to give myself a chance here, so I did it. And I can't be happier and I can't thank enough my doctor for all the things he did during all my tennis career, helping me in every tough moment."
I was able to play during these two weeks with extreme conditions...I had to take a lot of anti-inflammatories too. But before every single match I had to do a couple of injections. Rafael Nadal
But while Nadal described it as "a risk I wanted to take to play here", he added that it is "not a risk I want to keep taking" during his career. That will include Wimbledon, where he has not yet decided whether to play.
"If I am able to play with anti-inflammatories, yes—to play with anesthetic injections, no. I don't want to put myself in that position again," he said.
Still, Nadal will now attempt a treatment that could achieve the same effect, which would potentially allow him to play at the All England Club.
"That's what we are gonna try. If that works, I gonna keep going. If that not works, then gonna be another story. And then I gonna ask to myself about if I am ready to do a major thing...a major surgery that don't guarantee me to be able to be competitive again and it gonna take a long time to be back," he said.
Nadal was also the winner of the Australian Open.