“He’s Obviously Getting Older”: Tennis Great Opens Up on Rafael Nadal’s Injury

Published 08/22/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has been one of the most devotional players on the Tour. He has done some remarkable stuff that will not probably be repeated ever again. To win 13 French Open titles is a remarkable achievement. Overall, there has never been a more dominant player on the clay courts as compared to the Spaniard.

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Recently, Rafael Nadal gave an update that he will not be playing the US Open and the rest of this season. The reason for that is the foot injury he suffered earlier in Washington. The injury was so bad that he had to go back home and make a decision for the remainder of the season. 

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand 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

Former tennis great Mats Wilander spoke on Nadal’s decision and stated, “Well I think when it comes to Rafael Nadal we are getting used to seeing him not able to play. He went over to Washington DC to play a few matches, then he went to Canada and that didn’t work and he waited for the US Open.”

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Injuries and Rafael Nadal have an association 

Over the years, Rafael Nadal has been consistently dealing with injuries. However, with each year passing by, the grievenes in the injuries have posed a greater threat with time passing by. However, knowing the fighter that Rafa is, one can remain optismistic that he would bounce back soon.

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Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during a match against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The seven-time Grand Slam champion stated, “I mean he’s trying, obviously didn’t do it and with every year it seems like he’s playing less and less. He’s obviously getting older and his body is taking a beating. He must be training hard to even consider playing. So far the will seems the be there.”

At the moment, Rafa has decided to end his season. He is expected to return back on Tour in the following season. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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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.

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