Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez is hoping that Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal will be able to play on the clay courts of Madrid next year. Nadal, 35, took a two-month break from tennis following his loss in the French Open semifinal.
Nadal returned to action at the Citi Open in Washington, where he was again hampered by a persistent foot issue. Shortly after, Nadal called it a season to focus on recovering from his foot issue. "We hope to see Rafael Nadal in the next edition,” Lopez said, per Tennishead.
“He is still young and has shown that he can overcome injuries. He will be welcome because he is the most beloved player in the tournament”.
Lopez hopes Nadal, Roger Federer play in Madrid
After Wimbledon, Federer announced another knee surgery.
"I hope Federer also recovers because that will mean that we have all the best available for the tournament,” Lopez added. Last week, Nadal revealed he still feels pain his foot. “I’ve known better, but I’m fine,” Nadal said with a smile, per Tennis Majors.
“My foot still hurts a bit. It’s been a difficult time. My goal is to get better, knowing that at some point I’m going to have to face difficult and painful stages. But I have to go through them to put myself back in a position to fight for what I want.
I am determined to make it happen." Nadal has been plagued by injuries throughout his career but he is grateful for what he has managed to achieve. “I’ve experienced some fantastic things in my career that I never could have dreamed of,” Nadal added.
“I had a hard time with injuries too, but I always found a way to get up and move on. Over the years, you also have to be realistic: things get more complicated, the clock is ticking. But I stay positive and appreciate how lucky I am to experience all of these things”.