Former French Open Finalist Casts Doubts on Rafael Nadal’s Comeback

Published 12/15/2021, 8:16 AM EST
Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a play against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


In the men’s game, there are not many players who have competed in the manner Rafael Nadal has. Sadly, he has been troubled by injuries constantly in his career. Even in the current season, he was forced to skip most of the latter part.

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Recently, it was revealed that Nadal will be back competing in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. However, former French Open finalist Alx Corretja is skeptical about his return. 

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He spoke on this subject and stated, “What worries me the most about Rafa’s recovery are his movements. His mobility on the court, his intensity, the way he is going to move, the way he will do the supports when he hits the ball. When he moves well and is well supported to hit his backhand and arrives perfectly to play with his parallel forehand and dominate, Rafa, is almost impossible to beat. The problem is how he gets to that ball so he can be well supported and hit well.”

Rafael Nadal competed regularly in the initial part of 2021

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Coming to tennis, Nadal began his season in Australia and reached the quarterfinal in the first Grand Slam event of the season. After that, he had a decent clay season and won titles in Barcelona and Rome. 

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after losing a match to Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Sadly, he was unable to win the French Open which for him is below par considering previous record. He then skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open due to a foot injury that had been troubling him since Roland Garros.

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Now that Rafa is going to be back in action after a considerable amount of time, it will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming events. All eyes will be on the Spaniard. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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