National Anti-Doping Agency scientist David Muller says Rafael Nadal did nothing illegal by using painkillers at the French Open, but adds that regular use of painkillers can have a negative impact on someone's health.
For two weeks straight, Nadal was using injections of anesthesia and anti-inflammatories to numb the pain in his foot caused by Muller-Weiss syndrome. When Muller was asked about Nadal's use of painkillers, he suggested that they only get an athlete fit to compete without pain.
"The use of painkillers is not about increasing his performance, but about restoring his normal physical condition," Muller was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda. "However, if Nadal can only train and play with pain and painkillers, his body is literally screaming, 'stop'"
After winning the French Open, Nadal returned to Spain to undergo foot treatment. Nadal's foot responded well to treatment and he appears to be ready to compete at Wimbledon. This week, Nadal is scheduled to play two matches at the Hurlingham exhibition.
"I have experienced some improvements, different sensations in the foot, honestly. I take it as something positive," Nadal said. "My intention is to travel to London, play two matches there before the tournament starts and just follow my normal schedule to prepare in the best possible way [for] Wimbledon.
Today, that's all I can say. I'm positive about it." Nadal is having a great season as he has won four titles so far in 2022. After starting the season with wins at the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco, Nadal finished runner-up in Indian Wells.
Corretja pays tribute to Nadal
Speaking to Eurosport, Alex Corretja talked about how Rafael Nadal's strength is to take things one match at a time and that he will look to do the same at SW19. "I feel like 2022 for Rafa, it’s a miracle, since the very beginning of the year," Corretja said.
"After winning the first tournament, then the first Slam, he then got hurt again and he didn’t have that much time to prepare for Roland-Garros. He then ended up winning, and one week later, or two weeks later, I thought, 'Okay, maybe he needs time to rest, he needs time to recover.'
Again, now, he is ready to go and try to play at Wimbledon," Corretja added. "I feel like only Rafa can do that, honestly, because all the ups and downs physically that he had he overcame them. It shows how humble he is, and how much desire he has to keep on going."