From illusion to fear and, again, to the starting box. Around 6:00 p.m. today, Rafa Nadal left one of the most anticipated images of recent weeks. The Spaniard, in the midst of a great ovation, went out to the Philippe-Chatrier, the central court of Roland Garros, to prepare his debut in France. Despite falling at the Masters 1,000 in Rome with a lot of pain in his left foot, due to his chronic injury (Müller-Weiss syndrome), the Spanish tennis player was clear about his presence in the Grand Slam, which he has won 13 times. “If I am going to go to Roland Garros? I am not injured. I am a player who lives with a constant injury,” he remarked. after falling to Denis Shapovalov in Italy.
“Today in Manacor, at the Rafa Nadal Academy… See you on Wednesday, Paris,” Rafa posted Monday on his personal Instagram page, accompanying the declaration of intent with a photo training. Today, accompanied by Carlos Moyá and Dr. Ángel Ruiz Cotorro, along with the rest of the team, he arrived in Paris and tomorrow, around 19:00 in the afternoon, time of the main draw draw, you will know your way in the competition, who worships him. During the session, in which, at the end, he greeted Stefanos Tsitsipas, above the Balearic in the ranking (4th) after Rome, stands with the sides full of public and constant messages of support.
.@Rafael Nadal 🤝 @steftsitsipas #Roland Garros pic.twitter.com/FK8XZCgNcT
– Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 18, 2022
Sacred ground to get back on track
The king is already on his land, where he can resume the magical path that marked his start in 2022, the best start of his career, with 20 wins in a row. The Indian Wells final, in which he lost to Taylor Fritz, determined the start of another stretch, marked by injuries. First, with the rib problems, which originated in the semifinals of the United States against Carlos Alcaraz, and later, with the repeated pain in the foot. “It only remains to accept it and fight. The pain does not come from any movement. He is there all the time. Sometimes more, sometimes less. The goal remains the same. I’m going to keep dreaming about it and fight for the option of a success in Paris. Due to attitude it will not stay”, warns the Balearic. In Australia he has already shown that miracles exist.