Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal has revealed that the expectation is that Rafael Nadal will be at 100% percent at the Australian Open. Nadal, 35, put an end to his 2021 season in August due to a foot injury.
Unfortunately for Nadal, callitng it a season meant he would not be able to help Spain at the Davis Cup Finals.
Toni Nadal was in Portugal today.
Said Rafa is practicing well and should be 100% at the AusOpen.
Dozens of great quotes about Rafa, gonna post it over the next couple of days. pic.twitter.com/Puky6XYaWX — José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 26, 2021
On Thursday, Nadal sent a message of love and support to the Spain Davis Cup team after Carlos Alcaraz tested posititve for COVID-19. "Much encouragement to the entire Spanish team after the news we received today.
When something like this happens, the competition takes a back seat. The most important thing is health and I hope there are no more cases. A hug to all," Nadal said in a tweet.
Nadal admits he will have doubts
"I think everybody has some problems,” Nadal explained to Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg during their recent conversation.
“And especially sports people who bring the mental and physical parts [of themselves] to the limit. “When you get a bit older, the feelings are different in all terms. But at the same time, even today, I had a very tough period of time in terms of my foot injury.
“So I need to come back hopefully by the beginning of next year”. Nadal has had multiple successful comebacks. "Of course I’m going to have some doubts, but I know the process, I have been there plenty of times,” Nadal continued regarding his recovery.
“It’s true that every time as you get older it gets more difficult [to recover] but I am very excited by the process and by the things that I have to do to try to be back. “So, even with doubts, I am confident that if I am able to play without much pain, I will have my chances”.