20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal won't remember the current season for long, he won two ATP titles and has been dealing with injuries that have ruined his chances for another top 2 or top 3. Nadal decided to skip the rest of the season for a foot injury, which affects him since the semi-final at Roland Garros.
After that, Rafa played just two games in Washington and opted to close the season, heal his foot and come back stronger in 2022. Eager to fight for the remarkable title, Nadal had undergone foot treatment in Barcelona. and has started to practice again at home in Mallorca.
The Spaniard is feeling better and will work on his game and fitness in the coming months, hoping to get back to 100% before next season and the Australian Open. As we already said, Nadal claimed two ATP titles in 2021 but not the one he wanted the most after Roland Garros' third loss to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
The Spaniard should finish the season inside the top 10 for the seventeenth time in a row, as he still remains above his closest rivals despite missing most of the second half of 2021.
Rafa is leaving no stone unturned in his 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.
"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."
Nadal, however, did not shed any further light on his objectives as he believes that several elements are beyond his control. He added that he is leaving no stone unturned in his recovery, and expressed hope of being able to play at a high level.
"I won't say what the goals are," Nadal added, "because there are things that I can't control one hundred percent, but inside my head I am clear about what my goals are and I trust that things will follow a positive course to be able to try to compete.
I work a lot every day to try first, recover, and second, when I am recovered to be prepared to play again in full condition." In 2018, a massive storm hit Sant Llorenc des Cardassar and flooded the island. During that time, Nadal joined the efforts by volunteers in the clean-up of the city.
Notably, he made an investment higher than any other to bring the city back to its feet. And so, the Sant Llorenc honored him by making Nadal their adopted son.