The news around the figure of Rafael Nadal is not so good. The Spanish tennis player, 35 years old and current number 5 in the world, published on his social networks that he has begun a treatment on his foot that will have "several days of rest and a few weeks off the track" This news seems to cast doubt on the Mallorcan's return to activity at the beginning of the 2022 season, as he initially raised it after announcing his retirement for the remainder of the year due to a complication that has been dragging on in the foot.
Rafa suffered a stress fracture in the scaphoid of his left foot in 2004 and the discomfort returned in 2005 when he was diagnosed with a congenital foot disease, caused by the deformation of the scaphoid. Now, with the new treatment, he will try to make the discomfort disappear and that the former world number 1 can return to the slopes, although depending on the weeks he is inactive he could miss the start and especially the first Grand Slam of next year.
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Nadal took to social media on Saturday
Rafael Nadal took to social media on Saturday to give an update on his foot injury. Posting a picture of himself on crutches, the Spaniard wrote that he had received medical treatment for the chronic ailment and was "in the process of recovery"
"Hello everyone, I haven't communicated with you thorugh the networks for a while," Rafael Nadal wrote. "I can tell you I was in Barcelona with my team and medical team to have a treatment to my foot which will need a few days of rest and some weeks out of action.
I'm already home and starting the recovery," he added. "Thank you all for the support." Rafael Nadal also revealed he was trying a different treatment to help with the injury this time, without divulging any details.
Rafa’s return date is uncertain at the moment. However, fans expect him to recover before the next season and want him to make an incredible comeback before the Australian Open 2022. Will he be able to finish within the top-10 ATP players by the end of the year? Swiss maestro Roger Federer was the one with all the records until Novak Djokovic came into the picture.
The Serbian World No.1 has taken over the 40-year-old in another record after his semi-final win at the US Open. Nole now has the most wins over Top 10 players on the Tour. Previously, both the arch-rivals were level at 224, but after Djokovic’s win over Alexander Zverev, the 34-year-old has officially claimed the record.