After Roger Federer’s terrible announcement, Rafael Nadal also had to close his season prematurely. The foot injury, which worsened considerably after the Roland Garros, gave him no respite since his return to the hard courts in Washington, forcing him to make a decision as painful as it was inevitable.
The Spanish phenomenon will not compete in the US Open in just over a week and will not return to the field before 2022. The former world number 1 has won two titles this year, respectively in Barcelona and Rome, but has never given the feeling of being in top condition.
The 35-year-old from Manacor has been suffering from this problem since 2005, but thanks to a special insole he had always managed to manage it. The impression is that this is not a serious injury, but it is clear that physical wear has forced the Majorcan to play less and less in recent seasons.
Speaking on Eurosport, former Swedish tennis player Mats Wilander expressed his concerns about the future of the Spanish champion. Wilander said: “I think we are gradually getting used to the fact that Rafael Nadal can no longer play as he did before. He always tries, he gives his all on the pitch, but it is clear that he is not the player of the past.
He went to Washington for a couple of matches and then flew to Canada, but the strategy didn’t work. Obviously he is doing his best, but things are not going well at this stage. He is getting old and his body has spent a great deal over all these years. He has to train hard to try and get competitive again.
I’m really sad and worried, the day is getting closer and closer. It is useless to deny that it will be increasingly difficult for Rafa to win the Grand Slams, but we all know his extraordinary feeling with Roland Garros. Until he hangs up his racket, he will always be the favorite in Paris. I believe that Nadal still has two years of career, despite having no idea what his level will be.”