Rafael Nadal Received Unexpected Support From Jayson Tatum’s Former Teammate Amid Huge French Open Controversy

Published 06/23/2022, 11:30 PM EDT

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal recently won his 14th French Open title recently amidst much fanfare. Although he received praises from all around the world, he also faced a lot of criticism and hate.

In case you are looking for context, Nadal suffered an injury that jeopardized his championship chances. He resorted to a medical method that caused controversy.

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While many athletes from all around the world voiced their opinion and bashed Nadal, a former Boston Celtics star came to Rafa’s support. Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks took to Twitter to support Rafa and talk about his experiences.

Why is Rafael Nadal in the news?

Apart from his phenomenal Roland Garros victory, Rafael Nadal is making the news for all the wrong reasons. A pain in his left foot has caused problems for the Spanish legend for a long time. This forced him to resort to infiltrations.

Although this is a common medical treatment for athletes, some sports, like cycling, do not allow their participants to use infiltrations. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal bites the trophy to celebrate after winning the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

This caused major controversy. Moreover, French cyclist, Guillaume Martin, raised some questions regarding Rafa’s use of the aforementioned medication. He said, “If a cyclist does the same thing, it’s already forbidden.“Brushing all the controversies aside, Rafa won his 14th French title this year to add to his glorious tennis career.

Former Boston Celtics star jumps to the rescue of Rafa

Although Evan Fournier might not be one of the best shooters in the league, he definitely knows how to take a shot on Twitter. The Knicks star recently tweeted to support Rafael Nadal.

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His tweet read, “For example, 5 years ago I had a big pain in my toe and I had to have my foot anesthetized to be able to play. On the contrary, it was even a hassle to play with a sleeping foot.

Fournier added, “It’s not doping, it’s medical. As if doing infiltrations necessarily means that we add products to boost performance.”

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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