Rafael Nadal's 2022 was exceptional, even if the usual physical problems were not lacking. The former world number 1 won the first two Slams of the season, the Australian Open and Roland Garros, leaving everyone speechless.
Thanks to the help of Dr Cotorro, the Spanish phenomenon managed to ease the pain in his foot and he went to Wimbledon with the aim of winning his third title. However, an abdominal tear prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios, forcing him to miss the Canadian Open the following month as well.
The 36-year-old from Manacor worked hard to make it 100% to the US Open, but didn't go beyond the round of 16 (beaten in four sets by Frances Tiafoe). Although his wife is very close to giving birth, the 22-time Grand Slam champion still went to London to 'say goodbye' to his great rival Roger Federer.
Their tears went around the world.
What's next for Rafa Nadal?
In a press conference during the Laver Cup, Rafael Nadal admitted that she is not having a good time. Many believe that Nadal will not be back on the pitch until next January.
According to others, the Majorcan will do everything possible to win the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and especially the ATP Finals. What is certain is that the Iberian is continuing to train, as evidenced by some photos posted on social media.
The Manacor Bull may not have said his last word yet this year. “I don't want to lie: I felt close to retiring at various times this season. I thought Roland Garros 2022 would be my last tournament. I had a lot of physical troubles this year.
The foot was a disaster in the first part of the season, even if I managed to win two Grand Slams. I got a tear in my abs at Wimbledon and then again in New York, as well as having some personal problems. I need to recover a bit of serenity before returning to the pitch" - confided Rafa.
Nadal is not ready to retire from tennis, but he is also not ready to play until the situation at home is sorted over the next few weeks or months. He aims to regroup and return to the tour when he is mentally ready to compete again.
"When you think about that moment [of retirement] there is something that is no longer working in your day to day, and today, what I want, what I would like, is to be able to recover a little normality during the next month, that everything ends, the theme personal, that everything goes well, which is the top priority right now," he said.