Rafael Nadal's 2021 was heavily conditioned by the problem in his left foot that prevented him from expressing himself to the fullest of his abilities starting from Paris. After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to take the field at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington, but already during the second round match, which was later won against Jack Sock, the first warning signs arrived.
The Mallorcan has in fact moved rather badly on the field and highlighted a strong discomfort in the foot. The negative feelings that everyone felt at the end of the match with the American were subsequently confirmed, because Nadal struggled even more against Lloyd Harris, who defeated him in three sets while still playing tennis of the highest quality.
A few days before the start of the Toronto Masters 1000, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he would not be taking part in the Canadian tournament. After consulting the doctors and carrying out various checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a particular treatment, not a real operation, and to close his season prematurely.
Toni Nadal: "Rafael? Things are going better"
On the podcast Voces del Deporte, on Antena 2, Toni Nadal provided new information on the condition of her nephew and expressed a certain optimism. The Spanish uncle and former coach of thw 20-times-Slam champion said: "Things are going bette.
I am convinced that he will be fine. The idea is to have a great 2022. I am sure he will do the best of him." Finally, Toni Nadal focused on his work with Felix Auger-Aliassime and on the growth of young tennis players in the world of sport.
It is difficult for young people to pay attention and do things consistently. The determining factor is attention. It is difficult for them to accept the difficulty and stay focused. You think that things should always go well, because you have high expectations. If you feel frustrated you have a problem and the only way to solve it is to accept reality."