Record 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal revealed he was close to retiring a few weeks ago but added he is not feeling that way anymore. Just before the start of the French Open, Nadal was severely hampered by a chronic foot pain caused by the Muelller-Weiss syndrome.
However, Nadal found a solution as for two weeks straight he was taking anaesthetic injections and anti-inflammatories to completely numb the pain in his foot. Nadal ended up winning the French Open and later underwent a successful foot treatment in Spain.
"A couple of weeks ago I was close to it [retirement]. Now I don't feel that way. I don't fear that day. I have a very happy life outside of tennis, even if tennis is a very big part of my life," Nadal said, per James Gray.
Rafa Nadal on retirement: "A couple of weeks ago I was close to it [retirement].
Nadal makes the Wimbledon third round
Nadal, who is playing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019, hasn't been convincing so far at The All England Club but he has managed to reach the third round.
After beating Francisco Cerundolo in four sets in his opener, Nadal also needed four sets to beat Ricardas Berankis 6-4 6-4 4-6 6-3. "Every day is a challenge, that's the truth. All the opponents are difficult. We are playing against the best players of the world and especially even in these conditions, it will be more [difficult].
I didn't play much on grass for the past three years," Nadal said. "Every day is an opportunity to improve and today I'm through, so that gives me the chance to keep going. [I am] very happy for that." In the Wimbledon third round, Nadal faces Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Nadal has won the opening two Grand Slams of the season and he is now aiming to win his first title at The Championships since 2010.