'The idea for a gift and training with Rafael Nadal was born...', says psychologist

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'The idea for a gift and training with Rafael Nadal was born...', says psychologist

Rafael Nadal's season ended abruptly on August 6, when Lloyd Harris triumphed by two sets to one in the ATP 500 round of 16 match in Washington. Already the previous game with Jack Sock, won with an unusual effort, had launched the first signs about the health of the Mallorcan, who has not stepped on the pitch since that appointment.

He will do it again in mid-December at the Abu Dhabi friendly tournament. A bothersome injury to his left foot is what led him to give up many appointments, at all the US Open and ATP Finals, a problem that he had been dragging on for a year.

The US capital was the last test, then the decision: better care and hope to come back strong in 2022. Rafa Nadal's number one goal is clearly to play the Australian Open (January 17-30, 2022), but to do so he will want and must be sure that he is 100% fit.

A 'competition animal' like him, who has up to 20 Slam in the showcase combines the desire to return with a good dose of prudence, since it is logical that those who have learned to know their body and above all know that they no longer have the Physical integrity of the past: "Until everything is 100% clear, I can't say too much," Nadal said.

"It is that I still do not know. Everything is analyzed as the weeks go by. My idea is to return as soon as possible, but to return well." The treatments progress regularly and she ensures that she is following the rehabilitation plan to the letter, but only the team will be able to give the definitive answer: "We won't know how (the foot) until we increase the load and put ourselves to the test at the highest level."

Nadal will be present in Abu Dhabi

Iga Swiatek got the opportunity to train with her idol Rafael Nadal earlier this year, as the pair prepared for their title defense at the 2021 Roland Garros. "The idea for a gift and training with Rafa was born in Rome," she said.

"I saw that she was watching Rafa's training with great interest. Thought it would be a nice, inspiring surprise." While speaking to members of the media following the training session in Paris, the former French Open champion talked about the "positive energy" she got from her interactions with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

"It (her training session with Rafael Nadal) gave me, like a lot of positive energy," Iga Swiatek said. "It was really a huge inspiration for me. It's really nice to see such a champion being normal off court, and also telling jokes and being a little sarcastic. It's really, really nice. He's the guy that everybody can take something from for themselves."