“Had Some Physical Problems”: Tennis Coach Discloses Rafael Nadal’s Present Fitness Level

Published 12/18/2020, 12:00 PM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his group stage match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville

13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has been the most dominant player ever seen playing on a clay court. The Spaniard has won 13 titles at Roland Garros, 11 titles at Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters, and 9 titles at the Rome Masters. Just hearing that feels astonishing. 


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During the course of his glorious journey, Rafa has had his fair share of injuries. Over the years, Nadal has been bothered by niggling injuries to his shoulder, wrist, abdomen, hamstring, ankle, and hamstring. The most upsetting injury for the Spaniard, however, remains the knee tendinitis that forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon in 2009.

Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Toni Nadal (R) speak during a training session prior to the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Hope Lorenzo Sonego Can Train With Rafael Nadal


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Just recently, Lorenzo Sonego has been training at the Rafa Nadal Academy, in Spain. The Italian has been having a satisfying experience but has yet not managed to get a knock with Rafa himself. However, his coach, Gipo Arbino made an alluring disclosure and stated, “Rafa has had some physical problems in recent days but I think tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday Lorenzo could also train with him.”

In 2014, the French Open champion began his tennis season officially at the Qatar Open. That season saw him suffer from injuries that included a back injury, a wrist injury, and appendicitis. Despite an injury-plagued season, Nadal still ended the year at No. 3 with four titles.

Rafa even played with a back injury in the final against Wawrinka at the Australian Open that year. There were moments when it felt that he would retire during the match.


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This season, Nadal resumed tennis at Roland Garros once the season started, post the coronavirus break. He had a successful season by winning his 13th French Open title. The Spaniard played in the Rolex Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in London. He did look fine at that time. We hope that it is nothing serious and wish to see him on the courts at Melbourne Park next year. 



Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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.