PARIS – The Great Helmet is still going on.
Rafael Nadal confirmed at a press conference in Mallorca on Friday that he will travel to London on Monday to play at Wimbledon, which starts on June 27.
Nadal, winner of the first two Grand Slams of the year, had questioned his Wimbledon presence due to a chronic problem with his left leg.
The condition, Müller-Weiss syndrome, has been bothering her since she was a teenager. He received painkillers from his personal doctor before each match at this year’s French Open.
On June 5, Nadal won the clay court tournament for the 14th time, increasing his lead in the triple major title race with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Nadal now holds 22 men’s Grand Slam titles, twice as many as Djokovic, whom Nadal defeated in the quarter-finals in Paris, and Federer, who is recovering from a knee operation at the age of 40. However, Nadal said he would not take similar injections or measures at Wimbledon, and instead tried to find a more lasting solution to his leg by performing nerve-killing radio frequency ablation using radio waves.
Nadal, 36, underwent surgery in Barcelona on June 7 and left the hospital with crutches, but he continued to train on grass on his home island of Mallorca this week. He said on Friday that although the procedure did not immediately give him “100 percent” comfort, he was able to push with his left foot with less pain. He said he still had occasional numbness in his leg, but that it needed to go away over time.
“I agree,” Nadal said Friday. “I left without a break for a week. I experienced different pains from day to day. This is progress for me. We have to wait and see how everything will develop. “
While confirming his intention to play at Wimbledon, Nadal also confirmed that he and his wife Maria Francisca Perello are expecting their first child.
“I don’t know how this has changed your life because I have no experience with it,” he said. “But that doesn’t change my professional life.”
On Friday, Nadal trained on grass at the Mallorca Country Club with Feliciano Lopez, a 40-year-old Spanish veteran who is preparing to play at Wimbledon for the 20th time in a row.
Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, has not competed in any grass court tournament since 2019, when he lost to arch-rivals Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Nadal, who is scheduled to play at an exhibition in London before Wimbledon, said: “I still have a week of training in London and if everything is fine, I will start the tournament.” “Playing well in the French Open helps boost your self-confidence and gives you a little more comfort. But the grass is a very hard surface that makes little sense. Frankly, any tour could be difficult, considering the years I spent playing without you on the grass and the fact that I will not go to official games in advance.
Nadal is used to reducing his chances, but this year’s Wimbledon men’s race will be weak. Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players due to the war in Ukraine, ie No. 1. Daniil Medvedev took the first place and the first place. 8 Both Russians Andrei Rublev will not participate. No. Two Germans, Alexander Zverev, underwent surgery on his right ankle in a match against Nadal in the semifinals of the French Open. The beast may be out of the green for several months.
However, Novak Djokovic, the best grass court player in the world in recent years, will play at Wimbledon, where he won the title alone among the last three men. It will be a seed with №. 1 and start as a strong favorite. Nadal will be number one. Like Djokovic 2 and a year ago, he follows the Grand Slam, which requires a player to win all four major races in the same calendar year.
The last person to do so was Rod Laver in 1969. Djokovic lost to Medvedev in the final of the US Open in 2021, one match behind. For the first time in his long career, Nadal won the Australian Open and the French Open, winning the first two games of the Grand Slam.
However, he did not win Wimbledon for 12 years and did not win any grass court titles for seven years.