Rafael Nadal commented on how his schedule has evolved over the years. The Spaniard used to commit to ATP 500 events like Basel, Beijing or Queen's. Now he rarely plays back-to-back events and he gives priority to his clay-court season and Masters 1000s in general.
"I am not playing that much any more, no? I am playing not many tournaments," said Nadal. "I am just trying to play when I feel healthy, when I want to play. Honestly, I have to skip things because, as I said before, I had more injuries than what I would love to, no? That's the main issue.
When you feel injured, you have to recover, you have to take care of every movement. That takes you out days of tennis career. Mentally is frustrating. I am just trying to avoid these things. If I am playing well, if I am able to win matches, of course I have a better possibility to choose my calendar, yes."
On how he has been dealing with physical issues, Nadal added: "I don't want to talk about injuries any more, no? I talk about injuries when I am injured enough. I have been injured more than, of course, what I would like to.
When I am healthy, I don't want to talk about injuries. Of course, I said the beginning of the season, during 2018 and beginning of this 2019, there have been a lot of issues. Some of them you know. Some of them, you don't know.
I cannot come here every day and say different stuff. Will not be nice for me, for the opponents, for no one. That's it. I am healthy for a while. Since Madrid, I think I have been improving in all terms, especially on the body.
The body is feeling better. That makes me play better, too, because my mind is focused on tennis, not thinking about if I can do this thing or another thing."