Rafael Nadal powered to his 14th French Open title on Sunday after Iga Swiatek continued her exceptional successful run to elevate the ladies’s trophy. The 36-year-old got here via a gruelling event that includes energy-sapping matches towards Felix Auger-Aliassime, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev earlier than thrashing Casper Ruud within the remaining. However Nadal will likely be heading to the remedy desk subsequent week as he appears to be like to recuperate from a continual left foot downside in time to have the ability to play at Wimbledon. Nadal, who can be arriving on the All England Membership nonetheless on monitor for a calendar Grand Slam for the primary time in his profession, mentioned he’s nonetheless hopeful that he would be capable to compete.
“If it (the remedy) works, I hold going. If not, it is going to be one other story,” mentioned the two-time Wimbledon champion.
He has gained two Grand Slam titles this season to maneuver clear within the race to complete above Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the all-time listing. Nadal took injections to have the ability to play at Roland Garros, however insists that he is not going to proceed down that street.
“If I’m able to play with anti-inflammatories, sure; to play with anaesthetic injections, no. I do not need to put myself in that place once more.”
Earlier than he will get again to the remedy desk although, Nadal had an opportunity to pose with the French Open trophy, known as “La Coupe des Mousquetaires”,the English translation for which is–The Musketeers’ Cup, with the magnificent Eiffel Tower within the background.
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“The Musketeers’ cup has been awarded to the winner of the boys’s singles occasion since 1981 and pays tribute to the 4 Musketeers of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste.
“A silver bowl bordered with vine leaves across the prime and adorned with two swan-shaped handles, the trophy is mounted on a marble base wherein is inscribed the names of the winners since 1891,” the official Roland Garros web site states.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see whether or not the veteran duo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to the grass courts of Wimbledon to problem Novak Djokovic or not.
(With AFP inputs)
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