WATCH: Rafael Nadal Returns From Practice at His Academy in His Expensive Sports Car

Published 10/09/2021, 1:04 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal was recently filmed outside his academy in Mallorca. The Spaniard, dressed in white shorts and a black t-shirt, was captured coming out of his academy with a training bag on his shoulder and a racquet in his hands, fueling speculation of having resumed training.

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The video was filmed by Rodrigo Meza, who trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy. The footage shows Nadal opening the boot of his Mercedes sports car and keeping his training bags inside.

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Nadal announced an end to his 2021 season two months ago because of a chronic foot injury. The injury resurfaced during the semifinals of this year’s French Open against Novak Djokovic. Following his French Open loss, Nadal withdrew from the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics.

While he returned to compete at the Citi Open, Nadal continued to experience pain in his left foot. The former World No.1 subsequently pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters and, a few days later, declared an end to his season, just ahead of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal back to training after undergoing treatment

Last month, the Spaniard uploaded an Instagram picture of himself after undergoing treatment on his left foot. In the snapshot, Nadal stood holding a pair of crutches with his left foot strapped.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during a match against 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)

However, going by the latest video, Nadal’s recovery process seems to be going well since he’s back on the court after only a few weeks since undergoing treatment. It’s a reason to cheer for the fans, who are hoping to witness Nadal back in action at the start of the 2022 season.

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In the 2021 season, Nadal won two titles, the Barcelona Open and the Italian Open. For the first time since 2016, Nadal’s season ended without winning a single Grand Slam trophy.

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The 35-year-old’s hopes of winning a 14th French Open title were ended by his arch-rival Novak Djokovic, who defeated him in a thrilling four-set semifinal. Now with Big-3 standing at 20 Grand Slam titles each, the GOAT debate has become more intriguing.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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