Rafael Nadal closed his 2021 well in advance, freeing up a place for the ATP Finals in Turin. Injuries have returned to appear in the career of the Spaniard, who this year was the victim of a back problem and subsequently of an annoying foot pain.
Occurred during the Roland Garros semi-final against Novak Djokovic, the foot injury basically prevented the Iberian from competing in the second half of the season. The former world number 1 missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, but that two-month break wasn't enough to get him back on track.
After playing a couple of games in Washington, the 20-time Grand Slam champion realized that the only possible solution was that of prolonged rest. The 35-year-old Majorcan has announced that he has also undergone a small foot treatment in recent weeks.
The hope of all fans is to see him again in good condition at the beginning of 2022. Despite his long absence from the tour, Rafa should still not lose his place in the Top 10 by the end of the year. In a long interview granted to 'We Love Tennis Magazine', Arthur Rinderknech - who made himself the author of an excellent 2021 - cited Nadal when he was asked for an opinion on the issue of mental health.
Rinderknech on Rafael Nadal
Arthur follows the same line as Rafael Nadal in this area: “I'm like Rafael Nadal on this, I think it's up to my coach to have that skill. I cannot separate her from the game, from training, from knowing the player on a daily basis, from his personal life.
I see it that way. But I can also understand that others are more comfortable with a clearly defined mental coach." As we come closer towards the Indian Wells 2021, the excitement about the tournament in the Californian desert is building up, for fans and players alike.
It is one of the most anticipated events and all the top players from the men’s and women’s circuits compete for the honors. In order for anyone to enter Indian Wells, individuals will require to show valid proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus by acquiring a digital health pass.
Children under 12 years of age will not be granted permission into the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Indian Wells 2021 is scheduled to take place from October 4 to 17. Unfortunately, some of the big names, like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, are not going to be seen in the men’s draw.
The Swiss ace and the Spanish star decided to end their seasons earlier last month, with both suffering from long-term injuries.