Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, is optimistic his nephew will play at the French Open, but admitted Tuesday that the record 14-time champion will not arrive under ideal circumstances.
Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, is optimistic his nephew will play at the French Open, but admitted Tuesday that the record 14-time champion will not arrive under ideal circumstances. “Rafa is recovering, I think it won’t be long before he can compete again, but in the tournament here (the Madrid Open) it could not be,” Toni Nadal told Spanish public broadcaster TVE. Rafa Nadal announced he would not participate in Madrid last week as he continues to recover from the hip injury he suffered in January in the Australian Open.
The 36-year-old said recuperation was not going as expected and he would attempt another kind of treatment, without setting a cutoff time for himself to mend, projecting uncertainty over his support in Paris.
He is expecting to achieve a record-broadening 23rd men’s Huge homerun title at Roland Garros, with the competition starting on May 28.
“Clearly he won’t show up with great planning, we should not trick ourselves, in light of the fact that, clearly, since January 10 I think, he hasn’t played any matches,” added Toni Nadal.
Nadal pulled out of last month’s hard-court competitions in the US, with his sights set on a return toward the beginning of the dirt court season, however it didn’t work out as expected, missing the Barcelona and Madrid occasions as well as Monte Carlo.
“He hasn’t sought a long while, aside from that, before January, he didn’t contend much either, however I figure Rafael will get structure soon,” proceeded with Toni Nadal.
“In a Huge homerun, it relies a great deal upon the draw. In the event that you’re sufficiently fortunate to have a decent attract the principal adjusts, then, at that point… well.
“Rafael in the subsequent week is now a #1, in the primary week, recently perhaps he isn’t, he was not last year in Australia, but rather from the subsequent week, you say well, we can depend on him.
“What’s more, I trust exactly the same thing occurs at Roland Garros.”