The 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal admitted on Wednesday he faces a “difficult” and “painful” recovery from the foot injury that forced him to miss Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.
Over the years, things get more and more complicated because you have to be realistic, time doesn't stop for anyone, but I am still excited, Rafa Nadal
Nadal brought his season to a premature end last August and has recently revealed in a documentary about his tennis academy, that his foot injury was still a “little sore”.
The 35-year-old Spanish icon also added he is “looking forward to improving and facing a process that will be difficult in some ways and painful in others, but that I have to go through to fight for what I want again.”
In addition, he published a photo of himself on Instagram holding crutches with his left foot bandaged, and announced he had been in Barcelona “to receive treatment on my foot that will require a few days rest and a few weeks off the court.”
His last match of the year was in Washington at the start of August, when he lost to South African Lloyd Harris,
He originally picked up his injury when he lost to Novak Djokovic at this year’s French Open which forced him to skip Wimbledon. His comeback was in Washington but following his loss, realised it was too early so pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open drawing the curtain on this year’s calendar.
“Over the years, things get more and more complicated because you have to be realistic, time doesn’t stop for anyone, but I am still excited,” Nadal concluded in the documentary which premieres worldwide on Friday.