A few hours before the Roland-Garros final against Casper Ruud, Rafael Nadal confided in France Télévisions about the rest of his career. The Spaniard admits to being in the dark about the rest of his career.
Will Rafael Nadal play the last game of his career this Sunday, in the Roland-Garros final. Opposed to Casper Ruud, 8th player in the world, the 36-year-old Spaniard is looking for a 22nd Grand Slam, the 14th Porte d’Auteuil. Embarrassed by his foot, the bull from Manacor admits to being in the dark about the rest of his career.
“I don’t know, I would like to be able to give a clearer answer but for the moment I don’t know,” he admits in an interview with France Télévisions, which will be broadcast in full before the final. one thing is clear, which is that I would very much like to come back here to Roland-Garros for a few years, but I have a problem with one foot that does not allow me to train a lot.”
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“We will try to find solutions”
If several clues seem to lean towards a possible retirement this Sunday, regardless of the result, Rafael Nadal made undecided remarks on the rest of his career. “My goal is to come back here, but the possibility exists that I can’t, he continues. After this tournament, we will try to find solutions for my foot. There are very difficult days but I will do everything to keep playing. I will give myself all the means to come here again.”
Müller-Weiss syndrome, which increasingly handicaps the left foot of the Spanish champion, a rare pathology affecting a bone in the foot, which can cause chronic pain. The Mallorcan has suffered since he was 18 from osteonecrosis of the navicular bone (or tarsal scaphoid), also called Müller-Weiss syndrome. A “chronic and incurable” degenerative disease, he said in early May. This syndrome affects the navicular bone, located on the back of the foot, between the talus (formerly called astragalus) and the cuneiform bones.
Müller-Weiss syndrome can affect only one foot but more often both. Rafael Nadal suffers from only one foot, the left. This pathology more often affects women, and people between 40 and 60 years old. In addition to rest, orthopedic insoles can reduce mechanical stress. Faced with pain, anti-inflammatory treatments and infiltrations complete the therapeutic panoply. “I live with a ton of anti-inflammatories on a daily basis to give me a chance to be able to train (…) If I don’t take them, I limp”, says Rafael Nadal. And “my problem, for some time now, is that there are many days when I live with too much pain”.