2022 gave Rafael Nadal various joys and some sorrows. The Spanish phenomenon has managed to win two Grand Slams this year, triumphing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros against all odds. The former world number 1 was in fact just back from a bad 2021, closed prematurely due to a foot injury.
The 36-year-old from Manacor tried hard to win his third Wimbledon title, but an abdominal tear prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. That setback also affected his approach to the US Open, forcing him to miss the Canadian Open.
The Majorcan arrived in New York far from the best form, leaving the scene already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe.
On Saturday 8 October, Rafa and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first child. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is expected to play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in the latter part of the season, before taking part in a series of performances in South America.
In an interview with ‘elcomercio.com’, Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro spoke about Nadal’s condition and beyond.
Cotorro on Rafa Nadal
Rafael Nadal seems well on his way to playing the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 (October 30 to November 6) and the Turin ATP Finals (November 13 to 20), two tournaments he never won, before heading to America.
du Sud for his tour with Casper Ruud. During an interview with El Comercio, his doctor, Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, gives reassuring news. “Rafa is fine, he is very happy with his fatherhood. Once this situation has passed, which logically changes your daily life, he trains well and follows the calendar for the end of the season,” confided the doctor.
As a reminder, the Mallorcan has only played doubles with Roger Federer on September 23 in the Laver Cup since his US Open Round of 16 loss to Frances Tiafoe a month and a half ago. Cotorro said that many youngsters in Spain want to emulate the success of Rafael Nadal and current world No.
1 Carlos Alcaraz, which is very difficult to achieve. “Obviously there is pressure and there is the issue of parents, who often do not know how to understand what sport is and we believe that in this way we help and it turns out not.
Afterwards, everyone has references and wants to be like Rafa Nadal or Alcaraz and that is really very difficult,” Cotorro explained in his interview with El Comercio.