The details continue to emerge on Rafael Nadal’s recent battle with knee troubles which have sadly forced him out of the upcoming London Olympics.
According to a story from Chris Clarey of the New York Times, citing an El Pais report, Nadal underwent two MRI scans on his knees during Wimbledon.
Nadal twice underwent magnetic resonance imaging scans during Wimbledon because of concern about his knees, particularly his left knee. After the loss to Rosol, El Pais reported that he consulted with his personal physician Angel Cotorro, who also works with the Spanish Tennis Federation and then returned to Vitoria to receive injections from Mikel Sanchez, the same physician who has administered platelet-rich plasma therapy to Nadal in the past to address his tendinitis.
Just weeks after a seventh French Open title, Nadal was stunned in the Wimbledon second round in five sets by Lukas Rosol. At the time there was no hint of the injury which will not allow him to defend his gold medal.
“I am not in in condition to compete,” Nadal said in a statement yesterday. “This is one of the saddest moments of my career.
“Is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the games in London, cannot be. You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision.”
Uncle Toni added during a separate interview that given his age and health that this was likely Rafa’s last chance to play the Olympics.
After Nadal follows his doctor’s recommendation of another 15 days of rest and strengthening, Rafa remains scheduled to play at the Masters Series 1000 Toronto on August 8, then Cincinnati before the US Open.
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