Rafael Nadal is likely to play Wimbledon this summer after all, his uncle Toni has said.
Reports from Spain during the French Open claimed Nadal had all but ruled out an appearance at SW19 this year due to the chronic foot injury that has once again flared up.
Nadal was able to manage the injury with injections to win a 14th Roland Garros title before undergoing another round of treatment designed to desensitise the pain receptors in the foot.
That has raised hopes that Rafael Nadal will play Wimbledon, and Toni Nadal says he now expects to see him at the Championships.
“Wimbledon starts in less than two weeks, so let’s see if my nephew is there or not," Toni Nadal told Eurosport Espania. "I think that he will be and that the treatment goes well."
Nadal is halfway to a calendar Grand Slam after winning both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year.
It will also be a weakened field at Wimbledon, with Daniil Medvedev banned and Alexander Zverev injured.
That may create an opportunity for Nadal that is too great to pass up, says Toni.
“He wants to take advantage of the good sporting moment that he is going through and that has led him to be the winner of the two Grand Slams."
Much will depend on how his foot is feeling, but Toni has stressed that there is no defeating the pain Rafael Nadal plays with - only managing it.
“He has had to overcome many difficulties and is still there despite having already won many things and being very successful.
“Since 2005, he has been playing with a lot of pain to the point of sometimes being unable to finish a training session.”
Nadal has not played Wimbledon since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and injury.
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