The 36-year-old Spaniard has been suffering from Müller-Weiss syndrome in his left foot for more than 15 years. If no solution comes out of the top hat, the end of his career seems near. “As it is now, I cannot and will not continue,” said Nadal during the press conference after his fourteenth overall victory at Roland Garros. “During the tournament, I had to have multiple injections before every match to numb the nerves in my foot.”
Nadal hopes for a recovery to participate in Wimbledon at the end of June. “I don’t want to miss Wimbledon. Let’s see how the treatment works and stay positive. But at Wimbledon, I’m not going to numb my foot again. I don’t want to find myself in that position again,” he said.
On Tuesday, a video surfaced on social media of Nadal walking on crutches and barely getting out of a car at the airport in Barcelona. There he underwent treatment for his foot before returning to Mallorca.