The most famous appendix on the planet belongs to Rafael Nadal. And unfortunately for the Spaniard the organ is not playing nice. Nadal revealed yesterday that he is battling appendicitis, but vowed to play on in Shanghai. However, the former No. 1 just lost today to countryman Feliciano Lopez 63, 76 in the second round.
Nadal will now return to Spain to see his regular doctors and get further medical evaluation on the illness. As discussed on this site, appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics, but the common procedure is surgery. However if Nadal elects for surgery he could be sidelined another 4-6 weeks potentially ruling him out of the ATP London Finals on November 9.
Yesterday before his loss to Lopez, Nadal spoke about his plan on addressing the illness.
“I have to talk with my doctors when I get back home,” Nadal said. “Is true that the doctor here told me that one or another moment I have to take out that. Because when you have one time, the normal thing is that going to come back. Appendix is something, to not have risk to have that happen again, for example, in Australia, that sooner or later I have to take out. My idea is take it out, but you can imagine that I didn’t thought much about that yet. I am here in Shanghai, no? I just want to try. Then when I come back home, I will see the situation with my doctor. Let’s talk about what’s going on, and we’ll see.”
So what’s Nadal to do? Continue to play at reduced strength, risking a more serious injury (burst appendix), hoping the medicine works, or bite the bullet and have the appendix removed putting London in jeopardy?
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