In a press conference today in Mallorca, Rafael Nadal shed more light on his injury situation. The 26-year-old revealed that he has been suffering from “Hoffa’s Syndrome”, which is a fat pad impingement in his left knee (read more here). The injury has now forced him out of the US Open and he says he will only return when the knee is 100% OK.
“Now the most important thing is to recover well and today my knee is not ready to compete in a ‘Grand Slam’, I will try to recover as soon as possible to return with a good feeling, with guarantees to compete and train all the best I know,” Nadal said via Marca through Google translation.
After missing all of July and August, Nadal is still hopeful on returning for Spain’s Davis Cup tie at home on clay against the U.S. the weekend after the US Open.
“We’ll see if I will be ready for Gijon, for the Davis Cup,” Nadal told Reuters. “My goal, my dream is to be there if the captain has confidence in me, but it always depends on the captain and the knee.”
Nadal’s absence will hurt his ranking, but the 11-time Grand Slam champion also said that he isn’t worried what position he will be when he returns.
Rafa’s coach and Uncle, Toni Nadal, added yesterday that he wants Rafa only to return when fully healthy.
Nadal hasn’t played since his shock loss to Lukas Rosol in July 28 at Wimbledon. He said this injury is related to the knee issues he had earlier in the year in Miami.
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