Rafael Nadal avant Wimbledon : « Je ne sais pas ce qui peut se passer »

Rafael Nadal avant Wimbledon : « Je ne sais pas ce qui peut se passer »

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“How do you feel days away from your first Wimbledon since 2019?
It’s been three years since I came back here, it’s true, so I’m happy. It’s been almost a week now, and I’m enjoying playing on grass again; it’s always a challenge, this transition.

You underwent a new treatment on your left foot, just after your fourteenth title at Roland-Garros. It seems that the verdict is satisfactory…
If I came, it’s because things are better, of course. I can’t be super happy anyway, because I don’t know what can happen. I can only speak about my feelings over the last two weeks.

First, I can walk normally most of the time, almost every day. For me, that was the most important thing: when I get up in the morning, I no longer have this pain that had accompanied me for a year and a half.

Secondly, in training, I didn’t have one of those horrible days I had, when I couldn’t move at all. Of course there are better days than others, but the overall feeling is positive.

What role do you think you can play in this tournament?
Personally, this is the most unpredictable tournament for me. It’s easier when you have recent history, benchmarks. I haven’t played here for a long time and I’m just trying to follow my daily work schedule, to put myself in a position to multiply the good feelings in order to be competitive when my tournament starts.

Friday morning at training was a disaster, but the afternoon at the Hurlingham exhibition (against Félix Auger-Aliassime, defeat in the super tie-break), it wasn’t that bad. I still have two days to work (he will start on Tuesday, against the Argentinian Francesco Cerundolo). We’ll see after…

“Impossible for me to tell you if I will stay in this positive period for two days, a week or three months”

When you look back on the last six months, how do you see things, especially with these two Grand Slam titles in your pocket, in Melbourne and Paris, despite the injuries and the pain?
The past is the past. I’m not a fan of dwelling on what I’ve accomplished, because sport doesn’t give you time to weigh yourself down. Yes, it all really happened and it will stay in my museum for the rest of my life, so I’m proud of it. I appreciated all these moments as much as they were unexpected. But now is the time to look ahead and move on. The most important thing for me is to continue to enjoy working day to day, playing tennis.

Are you worried about the duration of the effectiveness of the treatment you received on your foot after Roland-Garros?
I have no hindsight. It’s something new. Impossible for me to tell you if I will stay in this positive period for two days, a week or three months. The treatment didn’t heal my injury, it took me out of the pain. When the nerve is kind of asleep, as it is now, you know it will wake up eventually.

After how much time ? This is something we have yet to discover. But I don’t want to think about it when I go on the court. You can’t afford it in competition, otherwise you’re not focused on what you have to do. If something bad should end up happening, it will have to be accepted. »

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