13-times Roland Garros champion ready to compete in the French Open despite injury problems
Rafa Nadal tried to allay suspicions about his injury problems ahead of the French Open by uploading a photo of himself practising at his Mallorca academy with the caption “See you on Wednesday, Paris.”Following his loss to Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open, the 13-time Roland Garros champion admitted last week that daily training was difficult and that he would bring a doctor to Paris with him.
Nadal, 35, battled to the end of his last-16 match against the Canadian, losing 1-6 7-5 6-2. He had only recently recovered from a stress fracture in his ribs.
However, after winning his 21st major at the Australian Open earlier this year, the world No. 5 is ready to return to his home country to try for a Grand Slam victory.
That success followed a disastrous year in which he missed Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, and the US Open.
After falling in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic last year, only his third career defeat at Roland Garros, Nadal will be looking to reclaim the title in Paris.