Rafael Nadal: 'I hope hand injury doesn't change my personal goals'


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Rafael Nadal: 'I hope hand injury doesn't change my personal goals'

Rafael Nadal spoke about his left hand injury that did not allow him to compete on Sunday at the Laver Cup. The Spaniard said: "The hand is a little bit inflamed after New York. I had a little bit an issue in New York, and then of course probably after the final, the body goes down a little bit.

So I felt a little bit the first day here. Then a little bit more every day. Yesterday I did an infiltration to play, honestly. I just tried to be ready to play. When you do an infiltration, the next day can be a little bit better, can be the same, or can be a little bit worse.

And honestly, today in the morning was worse, so I really don't see a real reason to make another infiltration to play, because I will not be at my 100%. And without being at my 100%, there are other guys that are better than me, honestly.

So the best decision for the team is that we made what we made. Dominic Thiem played in my singles spot and Stefanos Tsitsipas in doubles. Both of them make a good job. And on my end of the year, I really believe and hope that this problem will not change my personal calendar or my personal goals." Nadal is set to play the Shanghai Masters next but we will see how his body will be doing by then..