For Rafael Nadal the†hypothetical first match in Toronto is 13 days away, but at the moment his participation itself is looking very unlikely. The following 11-second video should be enough to state why. Nadal, who"s had his cast removed has started practicing his forehands but has been hitting them quite slowly, as if just trying to return the ball back without hitting it hard.
If the backhand seems more or less okay, with the forehand Rafa is forced to hit the ball using only the strenght of his left hand that forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and at the moment he prefers not to take risks.
He will decide whether or not to play in Toronto in the next few days, but the overall feeling at this point is that he would make a comeback at the Rio Games, which start in less than a month. †
Nadal hitting forehands very slowly.
† "I don"t know if I will play in Toronto yet. I"m going day by day," Nadal had said a few days ago, about him playing at the Rogers Cup.
Being ready is a priority. I am taking the practice sessions slowly because I have worked very hard physically in order to make my comeback less complicated, but I am still recovering." ALSO READ: †Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic make investments!