What Injury Does Rafael Nadal Have?

Published 08/13/2021, 8:42 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 is one of the greats of the modern era. He has enjoyed tremendous success, especially on the clay courts. However, all along his journey, he has always dealt with various injuries. Right from the beginning of his career until now, the problems with injuries have been constant. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal pulled out of the National Bank Open 2021 and has flown back home for further treatment. His injury seems more serious than it first was speculated to be. This is an aggravation of the previous injuries he has suffered. 

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Rafael Nadal has been dealing with injuries since 2004

Rafa has been suffering from Muller-Weiss disease. It is a deformity in the bone of his foot and has been giving him problems. It is a chronic disease and, with time, can go from bad to worse. With each year passing by, the pain becomes unbearable. At the French Open this year, despite changing bandages from time to time, Rafa was unable to curb the pain. 

It all began in 2004 when he competed in a tournament in Estoril with a stress fracture of his scaphoid. Not long after, in the following year, he was involved in a match against Ivan Ljubicic (Federer’s coach) when he faced the same problem.

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NNEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during the fifth set of his Men’s Singles final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

At the moment, the 13-time Roland Garros champion has gone back to Spain. He will get to know in a few days if he will be able to compete at the US Open this season or not. Fans will hope to see Rafa get back to full fitness and register similar performances as in the past. 

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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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