Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal admitted he would prefer a healthy foot rather than a record 22nd Grand Slam title. Nadal, who appeared in just one event in the second half of the 2021 season becaus of a foot injury, won a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.
In recent weeks, Nadal started experiencing problems with his foot again but he has managed to reach the French Open final, in which he plays Casper Ruud. "I prefer to lose the final and have a new foot that allows me to be happier in my day to day life," Nadal said, per Sportskeeda.
"Winning is nice and fills you with momentary joy. But life goes on and it is the most important thing. I have a life ahead of me and I would like to play amateur sports with my friends and right now this is unknown."
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Over the course of the tournament, Nadal hinted several times this might be his final French Open. "I am old enough to not hide things or come here to say a thing that I don't believe," Nadal said.
"I don't know what can happen. I think, as I said before, I'm going to be playing this tournament because we are doing the things to be ready to play this tournament, but I don't know what's going to happen after here.
I have what I have in the foot, so if we are not able to find an improvement or small solution to that, then it's becoming super difficult for me. So that's it. I am just enjoying every day that I have the chance to be here, and without thinking much about what can happen in the future. Of course, I'm going to keep fighting to find a solution, but for the moment we haven't [got one]."