Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou is curious to see how Rafael Nadal will perform at the French Open, as he acknowledged that the Spaniard will not have a perfect preparation for the second Grand Slam of the season.
Nadal, 35, suffered a stress fracture to one of his ribs in Indian Wells. The injury sidelined Nadal for a month and a half and forced him to skip the start of the clay court season and the Monte Carlo and Barcelona events.
Nadal usually plays four events before the French Open, but this year he will arrive with only two tournaments played before Roland Garros. "Rafael Nadal is not going to play many games, and it is extremely rare that he arrives at Roland Garros with so few games.
So, for Roland Garros, there is a real unknown for him. Despite his incredible start to the season, he is a player who has always needed to play a lot (before Roland Garros). He won't make it to the top," Mouratoglou told France Info, quoted by We Love Tennis.
Missing out on Madrid would have put Nadal in an awkward situation, so it's no wonder he gave his all to compete in the Caja Magica. "Despite the fact that I have just arrived with the preparation and that it is difficult, I really want to play and play at home since the opportunities are few," Nadal tweeted this week.
"I will try to do it in the best possible way. See you in Madrid." Even though Nadal is by far the best clay court player in the history of tennis, there are not many expectations about him ahead of Madrid. However, the director of the Madrid tournament, Feliciano López, he hopes Nadal finds his game in Madrid.
Feliciano Lopez on Rafa Nadal
Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez expressed his delight that his compatriot Rafael Nadal will be in action at the Caja Magica next week. "We are very excited that Rafa is here with us.
I have hopes in that we can see him 100% on Wednesday," Lopez said. Lopez spoke about the strength of Spanish tennis at present and said it was a "joy" to have Alcaraz representing the nation. "I think that Spanish tennis is in an incredible moment," he said.
"It's a joy to have someone like Carlos Alcaraz in Spanish tennis." While the start to his 2022 season was fantastic, he suffered an injury at the Indian Wells Masters which has kept him away from couple of clay tournaments this year so far.