Rafael Nadal's 2021 was heavily conditioned by the problem in his left foot which 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 Majorcan 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 harder 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.
Nadal on the process of recovery
Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he cannot provide a timeframe on his return to action, but asserted that he is working hard to regain full fitness. Nadal stressed that he wants to fully recover from his injury before making any decisions on his comeback.
"I want to recover from the injury to return in top condition," Rafael Nadal was quoted as saying by Heraldo. "I don't know when I'll play again, I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan, obviously with a marked road map and very clear objectives."
The 35-year-old revealed that he underwent a "little aggressive" treatment for his foot issue but did not give further details. It is, however, common knowledge that the Spaniard did not undergo surgery. "I am in a process of recovery, of work, with a progressive increase in loads and sensations are not measured daily," Rafael Nadal said.
"You have to be a little cautious, look a little in the medium term." 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is one of the most inspiring personalities in the sports world. Not just for his tennis expertise, but also his humility off the court.
And it is because of his humanitarian nature that the city of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar made him their adopted son. In response, the 34-year-old expressed his warmest gratitude for the honor. Hence, during the award ceremony, Nadal said, “I felt I had to contribute everything I could to make the recovery as quick as possible”.