The second part of the season, Rafael Nadal was unfortunately conditioned by the problem in his left foot which prevented him from expressing himself to the fullest of his abilities starting from Paris. After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to take the field at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. The Majorcan moved rather badly on the pitch and showed a strong discomfort in his foot. The negative feelings everyone experienced at the end of the game with the American subsequently found confirmation, as Nadal struggled even harder against Lloyd Harris. After consulting the doctors and carrying out various checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a particular treatment, not a real operation, and to close his season prematurely. The Majorcan has increased his workload in recent weeks and will participate in the Mubadala World Tennis Champioship in late December. His goal is to present himself in the best possible conditions in Australia, where he could be the only one of the Big 3 to take part in the Australian Open 2022.
Nadal last won a Grand Slam title at French Open 2020
Rafael Nadal suffered a major setback this year with a foot injury. The Spaniard withdrew from all the tournaments since his last participation at Washington Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is ready to make his comeback in December at Abu Dhabi. In a recent conversation with Nico Rosberg, Rafael Nadal opened up on a plethora of topics. From aging down to dealing with injuries, Nadal is pretty optimistic about his comeback to professional tennis. The Spaniard was away from the ATP Tour since August 2021. On getting older, he stated, ”When you get a bit older, the feelings are different in all terms. But at the same time, even today, I had a very tough period of time in terms of my foot injury. So I need to come back hopefully by the beginning of next year.” Furthermore, he added, “ Of course, I’m going to have some doubts, but I know the process, I have been there plenty of times. It’s true that every time as you get older it gets more difficult [to recover] but I am very excited by the process and by the things that I have to do to try to be back. So, even with doubts, I am confident that if I am able to play without much pain, I will have my chances.”