Rafael Nadal: I need to feel less pain to regain confidence in my movement

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Rafael Nadal: I need to feel less pain to regain confidence in my movement

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has revealed that he needs a couple of weeks with less to feel confident with his foot. After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal pulled out of the entire grass season and the Tokyo Olympics.

Following his French Open campaign, Nadal went 20 days without touching a racket. "I am going day-by-day. It's true that sometimes, my foot is bothering me more than I would like ... I really need to have a couple of weeks with less pain, to have the confidence again with my movement," Nadal said, per Max Gao.

"After Paris, my foot was not recovering. I was in a lot of pain. I couldn't really practice. I stayed around 20 days without touching a racquet, trying to recover."

Nadal returned to action in Washington

Nadal, 35, made his debut at the Citi Open in Washington this week.

Nadal, who was the No. 1 seed, ended up suffering a shock round-of-16 loss to Lloyd Harris. "I was able to move a bit better, so that is very important, especially for me personally, to keep enjoying the sport and keep having energy, believing that important things are possible,” Nadal said, per the ATP website.

“And then I need to keep improving. It’s true. I honestly didn't have two easy months. I had a lot of problems with my foot. I was not able to practise all the days that I really wanted, but I did as much as I could and I tried hard here”.

Following his loss, Nadal tried to stay positive. “I tried very hard, as everybody knows. But [it] was not enough. [The] only thing I can do is congratulate my opponent and just keep going,” Nadal said. “I’m going to keep trying to practise the proper way and to give myself a chance to be better soon”.