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French Open: Rafael Nadal won't play Wimbledon if he needs foot injections

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Posted: 06/06/22 - 12:03
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French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he "doesn't want to keep playing" if he continues to need anaesthetic injections to numb chronic foot pain.

Nadal, 36, won his record-extending 14th title at Roland Garros having "no feeling" in his left foot.

The Spaniard had multiple injections during a tournament where he won a 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday.

"It's obvious with the circumstances that I am playing, I can't and I don't want to keep going," said Nadal.

The two-time Wimbledon champion says he would not play at the All England Club, where the grass-court major starts on 27 June, if a nerve-burning treatment next week cannot solve the issue.

Nadal suffers from Mueller-Weiss syndrome - a rare degenerative condition that affects bones in the feet - and was limping at the Italian Open just 10 days before Roland Garros began.

I Call True: A shame as he is a great player with a rare disease that is literally hobbling his play, imagine what he would be like without it!

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25 days
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Makes sense and he's literally got nothing left to prove.
26 days
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Needs to give himself time to have the surgery, otherwise he might regret this in later life.
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A great player and one who seems to have reached his peak despite not being able to feel his foot!