“I’m not very well,” Rafa Nadal confessed this Sunday in Melbourne, referring to the pain in his back, although he was hopeful that he would be physically “ready” before Tuesday, the day scheduled for his debut at the Australian Open. I’m not very well, obviously. It is true that in the last 15 days I have had a bad time, “the Balearic tennis player, winner of the Australian Grand Slam in 2009, told the press.
“We are doing everything possible. My physical therapist is here, my doctors, everyone is helping in every possible way. Hope I’m ready, that’s all. I know that things can change very quickly, “added the world’s number two.
The 34-year-old Spaniard was unable to compete with Spain in the ATP Cup due to these discomforts, and has not played any competitive matches since last November, apart from an exhibition match nine days ago in Adelaide, against Austrian Dominic Thiem. “The only thing I can do is be positive, work on my recovery and do whatever I can. So I hope the situation improves. We’ll see, “he valued.
Nadal insisted that his injury “is not serious”, but admitted that he cannot be sure about the level he will show at the Australian Open, which starts for him on Tuesday, with his first-round match against Serbian Laszlo Djere.
“The priority is health”
I’m not telling myself that I won’t play. The question is: ‘In what state will I debut in the tournament’? I trained well for many weeks, and I am saddened by everything that happened these last fifteen days. All the positive feelings I had two and a half weeks ago have disappeared because I have not been able to train as I should, “he confessed.
“The muscle is still tense, and that makes it difficult to play with freedom of movement,” explained the Spaniard, winner of 20 Grand Slams, a record in the men’s category that he shares with the Swiss Roger Federer.
I’m not very fond of making excuses. When these things happen, you have to find a way to overcome it, “he said. If the physical problems do not prevent it and it surpasses the first rounds, Nadal could see the faces in the quarterfinals with the fifth seed, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Asked about the future of the season, with the pandemic still latent, Nadal indicated that it is necessary to see “how the health situation evolves.” “The priority is health (…) We must be very responsible in all the decisions we make, especially in the organization of sporting events. As far as I’m concerned, my goal is always the same: try to remain competitive in every game I play throughout the year, “he concluded.