Rafael Nadal: 'That moment the doctors were very negative about...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'That moment the doctors were very negative about...'

Rafael Nadal's season is also over. The 35-year-old Spanish tennis player and current world number 4, announced through his social networks that he will not play again for the remainder of the 2021 season due to the foot injury that has been dragging in recent months.

Nadal wrote a very long and explanatory thread on his Twitter account giving the reasons for his decision: “Hello everyone: I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I've been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time.

After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well. It is a year that I have missed things that matter a lot to me, such as Wimbledon, such as the Olympics as the United States Open is going to be now, as many other events that are also important to me and in view of the fact that during this last year I have not had the ability to train and prepare and compete in the way that I really like to do it”, stated the Mallorcan.

“In the end, I come to the conclusion that what I need is time to recover, to change a series of things, to try to understand what has been the evolution of their feet in recent times, it is not a new injury, it is an injury that I have had since 2005 and that has not prevented me from developing my sports career during all these years."

Nadal and injuries seem to go hand-in-hand this season

Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not be able to return to action this season due to a chronic foot injury. The Spaniard will join the likes of Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in skipping the US Open this year.

"After coming back from Toronto I take a couple of days to think about it because I need to talk with my family, with my team and with my doctor especially to understand what's going on," added Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, however, played down the significance of the problem. He pointed out that he has achieved so much success in tennis despite his injury, even though doctors feared he could never have a professional career. As such, Nadal remains hopeful of returning to full fitness once again.

"The injury is nothing, it's the same that I am having since 2005," Nadal said. "That moment the doctors were very negative about my future career. But I was able to have a career that I never dreamed about so now I am confident to recover again the foot.

If my foot is better I am confident that my tennis and mentality will be there again soon. So the thing you can be sure of is I'm gonna fight every single day to make that happen."