10:48 a.m., June 28, 2022
After a historic victory at Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal now covets the trophy for the Wimbledon tournament in England. If the state of health of the tennis star, who suffers from Müller-Weiss syndrome, raised the question of the future of his career, the Spaniard would already be back.
London hosts the Wimbledon tournament. This Tuesday, the Grand Slam tournament begins its second day across the Channel. The greatest tennis players from all over the world are expected on the grass courts. Among them, the Spanish star Rafael Nadal, who will face the Argentinian Francisco Cerúndolo.
After a victory snatched in pain at Roland-Garros on June 5, we thought that the tennis player would rest. Suffering from Muller-Weiss syndrome, the champion had calmed the pain with numerous doses of anesthetics, before resting for three weeks. A short rest: the sportsman is already back.
A new record for “Rafa”?
Rafael Nadal confided in the dawn of his long-awaited entrance to Wimbledon: “I can walk normally most of the time, almost every day. When I wake up, I no longer have this pain that I had during a year and a half. I’m very happy.” And the challenge is daunting, because for the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal has the possibility of winning the four biggest tournaments in a year to achieve the Grand Slam calendar – which would represent a first for 53 years.
While the debate around the greatest player in history rages, his friend Richard Gasquet considers the case already heard. “I would say it’s still him today, even if Federer and Djokovic are not far away and will still remain extraordinary players,” said the Frenchman. “I think today Nadal is a little bit ahead.”
On his way to Wimbledon will stand the new generation who will try to prevent him from reaching the final where he could find Novak Djokovic for a new clash of the titans.