Paula Badosa reveals the severity of her chronic physical problems

The Spaniard explained how not even the doctors can find a solution to her injury, which is now chronic

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Paula Badosa reveals the severity of her chronic physical problems
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"It's a very complicated injury, it makes itself felt every day. I've spoken to players who have experienced something similar: some have had to retire, others can continue in some way. I continue to give myself the injections to feel better and the pain goes away. I can't give you more information, because not even doctors know the perfect solution."

Paula Badosa, who reached the 2nd position in the WTA ranking in 2022, talked about the severity of her injuriy, during the Roland Garros media day, admitting that her career may not last too long because there is no real solution. Only regular cortisone injections allow her to carry on and somehow tolerate the pain.

Paula Badosa
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The chronic back problems, which then led to a stress fracture, are a very disabling problem for the Spaniard, who no longer seems to be able to express her best tennis. The WTA 1000 in Rome, where she made it all the way to the round of 16, may give Badosa a little extra confidence.

Paula Badosa
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"Physically I'm fine, I managed to play four games for the first time in Rome. This pleased me: it is a complicated process, there are good and bad days. It's a reality to live with. Things may not be perfect, but I'm trying to manage the situation in the best way with my whole team. I suffer a lot emotionally. Now I'm here and I'm going to play one of my favorite tournaments. The important thing is to take care of the body: maybe after a tournament like the one in Rome I need special care to get here. I am constantly in touch with doctors. I would like to be like before the injury. I do what I can to manage what is in my control," she added.

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