Tennis commentator Mark Petchey is reportedly hearing that Rafael Nadal could be back for Barcelona.
Just heard Mark Petchey say that he is hearing that Rafa could be back for Barcelona... (whether it happens or not, sounds amazing) — Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) March 29, 2022
Nadal, 35, didn't feel well during the Indian Wells Masters final and after the match underwent testing to reveal what caused breathing difficulties during the surprise Taylor Fritz loss.
The main take is that Rafa appears to be coming along maybe a tad quicker than expected...
And surely he'll choose the right time to begin again... whenever that is. — Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) March 29, 2022
Unfortunately for Nadal, the tests revealed that he suffered a stress fracture in his rib. When announcing the news, Nadal revealed he would likely be forced out for four to six weeks. One week has passed since Nadal announced the news as the Barcelona Open starts on April 18.
Nadal out of the Monte Carlo Masters
Nadal has already pulled out of Monte Carlo but he seems to be still holding hope that he would be ready for Barcelona. Nadal made a stunning comeback to tennis as he is 20-1 on the season.
Nadal was on the verge of entering April unbeaten but Fritz delivered a big performance in the Indian Wells final to defeat the Spaniard 6-3 7-6 (5). “Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I'm back in Spain and I went straight to see my medical team for tests after the Indian Wells final, which I played in discomfort,” Nadal tweeted in Spanish the day after the final.
“I have a stress fracture in one of my ribs and I will be out for 4 to 6 weeks. It's not good news and I didn't expect this. I am devastated and sad because after such a good start to the season I have had. “Now is a very important time of the year for me and I had a very good feeling and good results.
Well, I have always had that spirit of fighting and overcoming and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their support”. It remains to be seen if Nadal will be ready to return to action in Barcelona.