Rafael Nadal was forced to end his 2021 season early after his chronic foot injury reappeared during the hard court tour of North America. The Spaniard’s last professional match was at the ATP 500 event in Washington, when he was defeated by Lloyd Harris in the third round. “I’ve been better, but I’m fine. My foot hurts a bit,” Nadal said. “It’s a bit of a difficult time on a personal and professional level. Sincerely, with the hope of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult and painful at some point, but that I have to go through to return in a position to fight for what I want. I am determined to do it.” During the course of the launch event, Rafael Nadal also spoke about how happy he is with the way he has been shaping his career, given that he has achieved things that he had never dreamed of. “I’ve had fantastic things, bigger things than he ever dreamed of, and also more complicated moments in the form of injuries,” Nadal said. “But, as far as possible, I’ve always had a way of getting ahead.”
Arrese discusses Nadal’s future
Speaking to members of the press following the conclusion of the 2021 US Open, former Spanish tennis player and 1992 Barcelona Olympic silver medalist Jordi Arrese expressed full faith in Rafael Nadal’s ability to recover from his injury and make a strong comeback. “If Rafa recovers, he still has two or three very good years left because he has too good a level and is a mental predator,” Arrese was quoted as saying by AS. According to Arrese, the player with the maximum Slam titles will be considered the GOAT. “Each one may like more or less one, but the one that takes the most ‘Grand Slams’ is the one they will say is the best,” he said. “That fight is between the three of them and although it seems that winning another ‘Grand Slam’ is close, it is not so easy. Achieving what Rafael Nadal has achieved is practically impossible, we will see if someone surpasses it,” he said. “Djokovic is the only one I see prepared and who is likely to do so, but every time the young people go up a step it will be more difficult to beat them.” The Spaniard, as expected, is confident of returning on the ATP tour in 2022. And seeing him succeed in golf boosts hopes for his fans for a healthy comeback. Some even wonder if Nadal is drawing a path for himself in golf after he hangs his tennis racquets forever.