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Rafael Nadal set to miss Wimbledon for third year in a row due to foot problem

Rafael Nadal to miss Wimbledon again

Rafael Nadal will skip Wimbledon again this year even if he has a chance to go for a calendar Grand Slam, according to reports in Spain.

Nadal won the Australian Open at the start of the year and has the chance to back that up by reclaiming the Roland Garros crown when he plays Casper Ruud in the final on Sunday.

Should he achieve that, Nadal will be half way to a calendar Grand Slam, but it seems he has little interest in pursuing it.

Nadal has been battling a chronic foot injury all tournament and, according to Marca, will 'take a break' to rest it and seek treatment after Roland Garros regardless of the result.

Speaking after the semi-final, which he won on a walkover due to a nasty fall suffered by Alexander Zverev, Nadal said: "I was not very positive after [Rome] about my foot, but I was positive that I will be able to play here.

“And here I am. I played, I fought, I did all the things possible to give myself at least a chance to be where I am.

“Happy of course to be able to give myself another chance to play on second Sunday here in the final of Roland-Garros. That means a lot to me.

“And even [with] all the sacrifices and all the things that I need to go through to try to keep playing, it really makes sense when you enjoy moments like I'm enjoying in this tournament.”

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It will continue what is now a lengthy exile from Wimbledon for Rafael Nadal, with his last match there coming in 2019.

The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19, and he skipped last season with the same foot injury.

Nadal still insists his immediate future remains undecided amid rumours he may be on the verge of retirement because of his foot problem, but he says he will always play as long as he is enjoying it.

“If you like what you are doing, you keep going," he said. "For example, if you like to go and play golf, you keep going to play golf.

“If I like to play tennis and if I can handle to keep playing, I keep playing because I like what I do. That's it. And if I am healthy enough to play, I like the competition, honestly.

"I like to play in the best stadiums of the world and feel myself, at my age, still competitive.

“Means a lot to me, no? That makes me feel in some way proud and happy about all the work that we did.”

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