World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is concerned about his health less than two weeks away from the Wimbledon Championships. Not only is the Spaniard lacking proper on-court matches on grass ahead of the third Grand Slam, he is worried about an oedema in his back.
The French Open champion failed to translate his clay court momentum on grass, as he would lose his opening match at the Gerry Weber Open against Dustin Brown. The Spaniard returned home to Mallorca shortly afterwards to recuperate from the constant grind, and is now considering an exhibition tournament to further prepare himself.
“So probably I will take two or three days off,” said Nadal, “I will fly to Wimbledon Wednesday early morning and play and practice a few days there. I don’t know if I’m going to have one match or not before.”
Nadal also admitted that his back was bothering him, and that it was an issue that was similar to that he faced at the Australian Open.
“I don’t have a very bad feeling but I still feel the back a little bit,” he said. “It’s something similar I had at the Australian Open. I have a little bit of an oedema in the bone in the back.”
Amazingly, Nadal stated that he felt the pain during the opening round of the French Open, and that it got worse by the second round. Thankfully for him, the pain would subside in the later rounds.
“And I felt that during Roland Garros in the first round, especially in the second round it was worse. But it’s true that after the second round I was improving. Today is not the worst day but I feel that I need to improve, I need to rest a little bit.
“I need to improve a little bit to try to play well in Wimbledon.”