During a press conference held in Mallorca last Friday, Rafael Nadal announced his official participation in Wimbledon. The Spanish phenomenon, capable of winning his first two majors of the season, has no intention of stopping here and will go in search of his third seal in the London prairies.
Thanks to a new treatment with Dr. Cotorro, the former world number one has been able to ease the pain in his foot and should be in London in good shape. Remembering that Rafa was forced to drug his foot in order to enter the field in Paris, he managed to lift the trophy for the 14th time in his extraordinary career.
The 36-year-old from Manacor lifted himself to 22 championships, further increasing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’s all-time qualifications. The Ibri won twice at Church Road, respectively, in 2008 and 2010, while last year he had to lose due to injury.
Speaking to Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj detailed Nadal’s chances in the tournament.
Rafa Nadal won two slam titles this year
“This shot (and he’s training Nadal) of Rafael Nadal, it’s just something that puts a smile on everyone’s face.
The guy is such an inspiration. He’s still playing amazing tennis, for his 14th time at the French Open, and going to the Calendar Slam this year at this age is pretty baffling. We don’t know how many chances we’ll have to watch him on the field.
So now, I think every time he steps onto the field, it’s a real hit. “It’s very special to see him at Wimbledon,” Amritraj said. Amritraj believes that while the 22-time Grand Slam champion is not the hot favorite, he can surprise us as he has a wealth of experience.
“I hope the grass is a little softer on his foot, maybe the points are a little shorter. He’s one of those guys with a huge amount of experience that not many other people have. He’s an underrated volleyball player, he can serve and hit really well, and he uses That slide well.
So maybe not everyone thinks he’s a favorite for Wimbledon, but who knows? He won the thing twice. Why not be ter? “He has done everything that is impossible in this sport,” Amritraj said. Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, spoke about the physical condition of his nephew.
With Wimbledon approaching, he said: “It is almost impossible for Rafa to play because he needs a rest before one of the four Grand Slams. The week before he preferred to train calmly and not compete.”