Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal said on Friday he intends to play at Wimbledon but his final decision rests on how his troublesome left foot feels after training in London next week.
“My intention is to play at Wimbledon,” Nadal said at a press conference in Mallorca.
“The treatment and the last week of training tells me there is a chance. I will travel to London on Monday, play an exhibition at Hurlingham and do a week of training to see if it’s possible.”
Nadal said injections meant his left foot felt “asleep” during the French Open final on June 5 – he still beat Casper Ruud to claim a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title.
Nadal, who confirmed he was going to be a father for the first time, travelled to Barcelona last week to begin “pulsed radiofrequency stimulation”, a treatment aimed at reducing nerve pain.
Nadal’s spokesperson said the treatment would leave the nerves in his foot “temporarily numb”.
The 36-year-old then had his first session on grass on Monday at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponca and has steadily increased the intensity of his training this week.
“I have noticed a difference, some slightly strange feelings to be honest,” said Nadal.
“With the treatment in the nerves, things happen in your foot, sometimes…