Will Rafael Nadal return or not for the next commitments in Rome and above all, at the Roland Garros? It is a question that the many fans of the Spanish champion ask themselves, in the pits since January 18, when he crashed against Mackenzie McDonald at the Australian Open.
Since that day, the 22-time Grand Slam champion hasn't set foot on the court again, missing several highly prestigious events, including the Sunshine Double, and the events dear to him in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. A week ago, the Majorcan announced his forfeit also at the Mutua Madrid Open, a tournament currently underway.
Time passes inexorably and soon it will be the turn of the Internazionali d'Italia, the last Major event before the Parisian slam, which will close the season on clay.
Uncle Toni Nadal assures that Rafa will be there at Roland Garros
In recent weeks, the former number one had scared his fans, speaking of a return that is still far away and of a not yet optimal physical condition.
The latest rumors speak of a clearly improving Rafa and ready to return to the field, to understand if in Rome, or directly at Roland Garros. Toni Nadal, his uncle, as well as a former coach, said he was confident in his nephew's presence in the Parisian slam.
Here his words to the microphones of Radio Marca: "He would like to be in the match already, but it won't be long. He will play in Paris, even if the way he will train in the next few weeks and what he can do in Rome will be important for measuring his aspirations." Auger Aliassime's current coach dismisses any hypothesis of retirement.
"He is not thinking about it, he just wants to recover well and continue to compete because he is passionate about this sport," he concluded. These are instead the words of Carlos Moya, his coach, in recent days, who appeared more cautious about the return of his client: "Our hope is to see him return to Rome, before Roland Garros can then be played," explained Rafa's coach , who, however, doesn't feel like making predictions about the date of his return: "Right now, however, we have no certainties, and I can't give a precise answer."