Rafael Nadal got an MRI following his loss in the second round of the Australian Open, which revealed a second-degree lesion to the iliopsoas muscle in his left leg. The Majorcan will be required to remain stationary for at least six weeks and will be forced to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 events.
His objective is to return to the field in Monte Carlo and avoid any physical issues to begin the season on clay. Due to the rhythms that tennis players on the ATP Tour are expected to maintain, Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and former coach, allowed himself to have a severe outburst.
“They do nothing to protect tennis players,” said Toni Nadal.
In an essay that appeared in the El Pais, Toni explained: “Once again, I will be sorry that tennis officials wasted so much time doing little to safeguard players from a game that has progressively became too aggressive.
It appears like nobody wants to slow down the pace of the balls, which also makes it difficult to execute shots and consider the tactical angle. Nobody has ever considered lessening the strain tennis players’ bodies must endure to return balls with the same speed and ferocity.
Although the issue has been apparent for some time, no steps have been made to lessen the intensity of trade. Tennis players of the caliber of Gustavo Kuerten, Magnus Norman, or Lleyton Hewitt, to name a few, have had to take early retirement on multiple occasions.” Then Toni Nadal discussed his nephew’s future: “My dream is to witness him battle to maintain his prospects of winning Roland Garros one more.
Because he will be able to experience pain, his body will need to respond appropriately. You must use caution. I am pleased with the standing ovation he received when bidding the tournament farewell on the Rod Laver Arena in Australia.”