Rafael Nadal is ‘physically fine’ for Wimbledon according to his fitness coach Francisco Roig.
Nadal suffers from Mueller-Weiss Syndrome, a rare degenerative condition that affects the bones of the foot.
It is something he has managed all his career, but it has worsened over the past year and left him requiring pain-killing injections at the French Open earlier this year.
Since winning a 14th French Open at Roland Garros, he has sought a more sustainable solution and has undergone radiofrequency training designed to dull the pain receptors in his foot.
That appears to have been a great success, leading to Roig to declare: “Physically he is fine.
“Last week was positive and that is why I really wanted to come here. We have to go slowly and find the mechanisms that allow you to feel good on court.
“There are totally different dynamics (on grass). We do not come from playing any tournament on this surface.
“In the past we used to play some tournaments on this surface, but now we come straight here.”
Although Nadal has missed all the grass season so far, he will take part at the exhibition at Hurlingham this week where he will face Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
“We are going to play two games in Hurlingham because they are going to help us,” Roig explained.
“We have many days ahead of us to improve, to get used to the movements, to the impacts, to recognize how the ball comes. Things like that are mechanisms that you need.”
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