The Spanish champion Rafael Nadal will be forced to stop between four and six weeks due to a rather evident problem already in the Indian Wells semifinal with Carlos Alacaraz. If nothing else, this is the first communication from the trusted doctor who, as usual, checked the conditions of the twenty-time Grand Slam champion in Spain.
Unlikely, if not impossible, Nadal will in fact take part in the tournaments in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona: realistically, the Majorcan's low season should have only Madrid and Rome in the Pre-Slam package. The physique of the very Spanish champion began to falter in conjunction with the second round and finally asked for the score at the foot of the final.
From the tests sustained it emerged a stress fracture of the left third costal arch. It is therefore likely that Nadal played the final with Fritz, also affected by physical problems, in extreme conditions. The Spaniard explained on Twitter, confirming the news leaked from the press: "I didn't expect it, it's certainly not what I hoped to hear.
I'm sad because after a splendid start to the season I reached a very important part of my year with positive feelings. Nothing to do: it has now happened. I have always had a fighting spirit, as always what I will do is work hard to recover and have patience.
Once again, I thank everyone for the suppor."
Hola todos, quería anunciaros que he vuelto a España y fui enseguida a visitar a mi equipo médico para hacerme las pruebas tras la final de Indian Wells que jugué con molestias.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 22, 2022
BREAKING NEWS: Ashleigh Barty retires!
World number 1 Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from tennis at just 25 years old. In the last year the strong Australian tennis player had returned to dominate the Tour, crowning all this with the great victory obtained a few months ago at the Australian Open 2022.
Ashleigh dominated and destroyed the competition on that occasion, leaving the crumbs to every opponent and dominating the Tour: "Today is a difficult day and
exciting for me because I am announcing my retirement from tennis," said the Australian in an interview on Instagram.
She then continued: "I want to pursue other dreams. I am aware that this is the right choice, at this moment I have no more motivations and above all I do not have the desire to play at high levels." An absolutely shocking and unexpected announcement for the tennis player, that she, already in 2014, had initially retired to devote herself to cricket.
In 2016 she changed her mind and she decided to return and this choice has brought her many successes. Three Grand Slam titles, her last about two months ago in hers in her Melbourne with Barty who was now the favorite in every major tournament on the Tour.
For three consecutive years Barty finished the season at the top of the WTA rankings, a feat that was only achieved by three icons of this sport such as Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams. Yet at the age of 25, the champion decided to say enough, upsetting the world of tennis and sport in general.
The news was spread by Barty's great friend Casey Dellacqua, a news that shocks all sports fans. In the video, posted on social media, the tennis player continued: "I have been thinking about it for a long time, and I have had very important moments in my career.
The victory at Wimbledon last year has changed me a lot as a person and as an athlete. It happens when you work so hard for a goal, and Wimbledon has been my real goal for years. I thought about it a lot after this Grand Slam, I talked about it to my team, but I felt that something was missing, that I was not completely satisfied.
Then came the challenge of the Australian Open, and I think it was the perfect way to celebrate the wonderful journey of my tennis career."