Rafael Nadal sets sights on 2019 after surgery to remove ‘foreign body floating’ in ankle
Rafael Nadal is determined to start 2019 in the best possible shape after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner was forced to withdraw from the ATP Finals on Monday as he is still recovering from the abdominal injury that kept him out of the Paris Masters.
The decision to miss the season-ending event in London also gave him an opportunity to have surgery on a long-standing ankle problem and his doctor, Dr Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, explained the procedure.
“Rafa Nadal has undergone an arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle to remove a foreign body floating inside his right ankle. There was small piece that prevented him from moving well, and we decided to solve the problem now so we can start the next season in the best condition,” he told Cadenaser.com.
“The operation lasted about 35 minutes.”
He added: “The goal is to reach the Australian Open in the best possible condition.”
Nadal started the year under an injury cloud and was forced to retire from the Australian Open quarter-final due to injury and then missed the American hard-court season before returning at the Monte Carlo Masters.
He played the whole clay-court and grass-court seasons, but his injury woes struck again at the US Open where he was forced to retire from his semi-final.
Ruiz-Cotorro admits his “chronic injuries” have played a major role.
“We have to realise the number of games he plays every year, this year there have been uncontrollable circumstances, because he has chronic injuries,” he said.
More from Tennis365:
Jamie Murray says quarantine threat on tour means players must be ready to adapt
The doubles specialist plans to travel to tournaments in Mexico and Miami next month without knowing what to expect on arrival.
Battle of the Brits event is back and this time with spectators
The Battle of the Brits events were a huge success during the Covid-19 crisis and now they are set to return with spectators.
The only way is up for Naomi Osaka as she looks to replicate hard-court success on clay and grass
Oli Jefford on the world being Naomi Osaka’s oyster.
Britain’s strength in depth in doubles highlights quality of structure
British tennis may be wondering who can replace Andy Murray, but they have a very different story to tell in the doubles arena.
Rafael Nadal pulls out of his next event due to ‘ongoing’ back problem
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ABN…
Lleyton Hewitt to be inducted into International Tennis Hall Of Fame
Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is the latest player who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Five of the best men’s matches at the Australian Open featuring Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal, and more
The matches that made us sit up and take note.
Five of the best women’s matches at Australian Open featuring Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza, and more
Five of the best women’s singles matches at the 2021 Aus Open.
Ashleigh Barty laments giving away control to Danielle Collins as she suffers defeat in Adelaide
Early exit for defending champion Ashleigh Barty.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.