Rafa Nadal has not only confirmed he intends to compete at Wimbledon which starts on June 27th, but also that his wife Maria Francesca Perello is pregnant.
I haven’t played on grass for three years and I have to adapt; every day I have been recovering sensations and feeling better. I have a week left before playing and I have to test myself little by little, Rafa Nadal
In confirming his Wimbledon entry, he has also admitted that the pain in his right foot which he revealed after winning his 14th French Open title, was now under control.
The Spaniard, holder of a record 22 grand slam singles titles, has been receiving radiofrequency ablation treatment – a procedure which uses heat on the nerve to calm long-term pain – for the rare degenerative Muller-Weiss condition he has suffered in his feet for years, having vowed not to take pain-killing injections prior to matches as he did at Roland Garros.
In preparation for Wimbledon where he has won the title twice (2008 and 2010) and last reached the final 11 years ago, has not played The Championships since 2019, he will play an exhibition event at The Hurlingham Club.
“I’m happy, I haven’t been limping for a week,” said Nadal.
“I have noticed changes with the treatment, still have strange sensations, sometimes I can’t feel my foot, but the pain that did not allow me to support my weight on my foot has subsided.
“My intention is to play Wimbledon, but it will all depend on what happens with my body next week.
“I’m without pain for a week and have been practising, so it tells me there may be a chance to play in the tournament.”
His return to Wimbledon will be welcomed by all, especially his fans but he is keeping expectations low even though he is halfway to a Calendar Grand Slam!.
“I haven’t played on grass for three years and I have to adapt; every day I have been recovering sensations and feeling better. I have a week left before playing and I have to test myself little by little,” Nadal warned.
“Advancing in the first rounds is crucial. If you advance, you pick up the pace to reach the end. You have to survive no matter what.”
Nadal also confirmed the pregnancy of his wife.
“If everything goes well, I’m going to be a father,” he said.”I’m not used to talking about my private life. We live more peacefully with a lower profile. I don’t expect that my life will change much with it.”
Rafael Nadal gets a kiss from his wife Maria after winning his 14th French Open title.
THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images