Although he’s missed out on collecting another Wimbledon title this year at the hands of relative unknown Lukas Rosol, Rafael Nadal won’t let his knee injury stand in the way of him fulfilling another Olympic dream.
Nadal has confirmed that he is suffering with a form of tendonitis in his knee, an injury that plagues the vast majority of professional sportspeople at some stage in their careers, and he will be following his doctors’ orders to a tee to ensure that he is fit and well enough to lead the Spanish tennis team into the London Olympic Games.
The world number 2 player has revealed that he will be taking 15 days off in order to protect his knee and avoid further damage, as well as undergoing rehab work with his extensive team of doctors and physiotherapists – “I was with my doctors on Monday and started already my treatment with the goal to be ready for the London Olympic Games and represent Spain once again… I will now work on my rehab… to resume my practice in 15 days.”
As well as playing a big role in his Wimbledon upset, this knee injury has also meant that the Spaniard has had to pull out of a charity match against current Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic that was set for July 14th in Madrid. Being his usual humble and gracious self, Nadal offered extensive apologies to everybody, but “in particular to the fans that had already purchased a ticket to such a good cause”.
Having just set a new record with his seventh win at Roland Garros earlier in the summer, Nadal’s appearance in another Wimbledon final seemed like a sure thing. Here’s hoping that his injury heals enough for him to have another shot at winning a title at the All England Tennis Club during the unique Wimbledon Olympics that will be held later this month.