In a press conference held in Mallorca on Friday, 22-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, confirmed his “intention is to try and play Wimbledon” after undergoing medical treatment on his left foot.
Following a new medical procedure to treat a lingering injury on his left foot, Rafael Nadal has spent the last five days training in Mallorca, Spain, on the grass court at the Mallorca Country Club to test his body ahead of The Championships in London.
“I am happy I haven’t been lame for a week, and the evolution of my training is progressive,” he assessed.
“From day to day, the pain has been different, and that’s progress. I have to wait a little. My intention is to try and play Wimbledon, and this week has told me there is a chance.”
In the build-up to contesting Wimbledon for the first time in three years, Nadal will travel to London next week to train on-site and play two exhibition matches in Hurlingham.
The Spanish player is excited about the possibilities but remains cautious: “I haven’t played on grass for three years; you have to be patient with the progress. Every day I’ve improved, and there is one week left of training in London before starting the tournament. I hope I can use it to get competitive.”
Regardless of a chronic foot injury, which nearly forced him into retirement, Nadal returned to tour-level competition after six months sidelined from the tennis courts, setting off his season in Australia.
Ever since, and despite a rib fracture sustained while competing in Indian Wells last March, which forced him to sit out from Tour for four weeks, he defied the odds and now holds an exceptional 30-3 record.
In a league of his own, the World No. 4 has captured the first two legs of the majors, the Australian Open and his 14th French Open championship, giving himself a chance to pursue the calendar Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
In that regard, the Manacor native commented: “On the men’s tour, nobody has done the Grand Slam since Rod Laver. Novak Djokovic came closest last year. If it’s rarely been done, it’s difficult to contemplate, even more so at 36 years of age.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion further spoke about his time training in Mallorca: “I feel lucky not to have to travel to London before, which allowed me to have a more adequate recovery.”
Nadal’s last training session at the tournament’s facilities took place Friday alongside compatriot Feliciano Lopez.
The Mallorca Championships will stage its second edition on June 19th.
The 92-time ATP titlist also talked about the transition to playing on the grass surface, outlining: “Grass is a very difficult surface. Any round is complicated. The start of the tournament will be vital for me because, if you manage to progress, later the opponents are more difficult, but then you have more confidence because you’ve found your rhythm on grass.”
In addition, Nadal elaborated on his idea for the immediate future: “It’s a question of taking it day by day, but giving myself a chance to compete.”