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Rafael Nadal won Roland-Garros after injection: “The foot was sleeping”


Rafael Nadal will have good news for his foot every time he wakes up.

Coming off his record 14th career championship at Roland Garros and his 22nd Grand Slam title overall, Nadal opened up about the steps he took to battle left foot pain at Roland Garros so he could run on clay.

Nadal suffers from Mueller-Weiss syndrome, a rare degenerative condition that causes him chronic pain and forced him to miss much of the action last year.

“I had my doctor here with me,” Nadal told Eurosport after beating Casper Ruud, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, in the French Open final on Sunday. “I don’t know how to say in English what we did, but we played without feeling the foot.

“We played with an injection on the nerve to make the foot sleep. That’s why I was able to play. »

Rafael Nadal pumps his fist in celebration after beating Casper Ruud.
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Rafael Nadal won Roland-Garros after injection: “The foot was sleeping”
Rafael Nadal with The Mousquetaires Cup after winning the French Open.
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There is no cure for Mueller-Weiss syndrome, which causes one of the bones in the center of the foot to become deformed. Nadal withdrew from several tournaments last year, including the US Open, due to pain, and there were questions about whether he would be forced to retire.

He returned to court in December but suffered a stress fracture in his rib in March which kept him out of action for about six weeks.

“I was a little surprised [that I won]. Unexpected, as everyone knows,” said Nadal, who just turned 36. “Especially as everyone in the tennis world knows, the preparation was not ideal.”

After Sunday’s final, Nadal questioned his Wimbledon status and said: “Obviously I cannot continue to compete with a sleepy foot.”



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