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Nadal: “I can’t continue as I am – I played with my foot under anesthesia”
The new Roland-Garros champion made a shock revelation after his record-breaking win over Casper Ruud
Immediately after his record-breaking Roland-Garros triumph over Casper Ruud, Rafael Nadal revealed that he had been playing with some pretty heavy-duty medical treatment for his chronic foot pain, pronouncing the word “anesthesia” in his press conference on multiple occasions.
“It’s obvious that without pain, without suffering, you can’t win those great competitions, but it’s true that my daily life is now very difficult,” he admitted on France Television, that country’s main broadcaster of the French Open, in Spanish translated live in French. “There are good moments with wins and victories, but at home, with my foot, it’s very difficult. My team is helping me deal with the situation.
Tennis Majors relied on the audible Spanish to translate these new statements.
Back at the hotel I could barely walk any more, to be truthfulRafael Nadal
“The most difficult moment here at Roland-Garros was after, I must say, the second round against (Corentin) Moutet. Back at the hotel I could barely walk any more, to be truthful. I’m lucky that my doctor could help me – no player gave so much work to this doctor in the past, obviously!
“I played with the foot numbed, blocking the nerves, just to be able to play.
“This victory is very important. I’m happy with playing tennis, I love competition, being in front of the public here, more even after the COVID period. These are incredible feelings, so we’ll see what we can do. We talked with different doctors, we have different options, we’ll try a treatment and see if it can increase my chance to continue, but as I am now it’s impossible.”
Nadal added in his press conference that he will try a treatment on two nerves allowing his foot to be under “anesthesia” on longer periods and not to have injections for every match. If this solution doesn’t work, he will have the option of a heavy surgery, that wouldn’t guarantee anything. The Australian Open and Roland-Garros winner will play Wimbledon this year if the first treatment works, but he won’t do anesthetics again for the Championships. The question of Roland-Garros 2022 eventually proving to be his final event is still open.