Betrayed by his left foot at the Masters 1000 in Rome just over a week agoRafael Nadal appeared this Wednesday on the center court of Roland Garros for a training session with the public and hit the ball without visible discomfort.
While the public watched the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas rally under the gaze of his father, dSuddenly, a clamor broke out around 6:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. Bolivian time): King Nadal entered ‘his’ court, in which he has lifted the Musketeers Cup thirteen times.
And when the clay was watered, the Spaniard patiently waited his turnwhile a thousand people began to shout “Nadal, Nadal!”.
Shortly after, ‘Rafa’ began to exchange blows with his compatriot Jaume Munar. Quietly at first and then louder and louder. Supported by the public as if it were a match, Nadal responded with some greetings to the spectators.
volley drills, Some smashes, services… Nadal and Munar were on the court for an hour.
In a great Munar service, Nadal jumped on his left side to hit one of those right hands to the line to which he is accustomed to the Parisian spectators, without Munar being able to do anything but follow the ball with his eyes.
Hits, runs, jumps, slides, some oaths after failure... for two hours Nadal has spared no effort. He did everything without showing on his face the terrible gestures of pain that accompanied his defeat in the round of 16 in Rome against the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
In the Italian capital, the usual pains with which he has lived for years in his left foot (where he suffers from the so-called Müller-Weiss syndrome) they became unbearable, setting off all the alarms as Roland Garros approached, although the Spaniard indicated that he would play in Paris unless his injury prevented him from doing so.
Nadal will meet his first rival at Roland Garros (May 22 to June 5) after the draw that will be held this Thursday from 1:00 p.m., Bolivian time.
If his discomfort does not prevent him, the Spaniard, who will celebrate his 36th birthday on June 3, On the day of the semifinals, he will take part in the race for his 14th title at Roland Garros, which would take his record of Grand Slam victories to 22.