The condition started for Nadal in 2005 and he has been managing it most of his career, but his coach says it became worse after Nadal’s break in 2020.
“But this year the story has changed,” Moya told the El Transistor program.
“Many training sessions could not be finished and we had to change the training and reduce the pressure on the foot, thinking of tournaments.”
“He has been in pain for months,” noted Moya.
“In the final match [against Lloyd Harris at Washington, D.C.], he was practically on one leg. Rafa’s principal objective is to regain good sensations in the foot and mentally, because hobbling around all year has not helped him on court. He started with back pain in Australia and he has played just seven events this season. Had to forfeit Wimbledon, Tokyo, and now the US Open, ATP Finals. That’s why he has to concentrate on himself, not what’s happening on tour.”
For the second consecutive year, Rafael Nadal is not playing the US Open. The Spaniard missed the event due to COVID-19 uncertainty last season, and this time around, a nagging left foot injury is keeping him away. He might not be taking the courts at Flushing Meadows, but fans can catch Rafa on the course.
This upcoming weekend, the world No. 5 is the top seed at the Balearic Golf Championship for Mid-Amateurs in Mallorca.
Rafael Nadal’s coveted Sunreef catamaran Great White, which was recently awarded Best Power Cat in our annual round-up, will be exclusively showcased at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show from September 22-25.
Set in the picturesque Port Hercules, the world’s premier yachting event gathers the crème de la crème of yachts and yards. The tennis star’s prized multihull will be on display for all to see by the QC 11 stand at the Quai Chicane, but Sunreef will also hold pre-arranged viewings so you can actually step aboard Nadal’s floating abode.
The Canadian took part in a “word rally” segment in which she has to say the first word that comes to mind when someone or something is mentioned.
It started with the word pizza and she went with “Joe’s”. Next was Federer and she replied “Roger”.
After going through a couple of other items, Nadal popped up and Bouchard replied “beast”. Djokovic was the next tennis player’s name to come on the screen and she said “crybaby” with a few winks.