Rafael Nadal suffered a foot injury ahead of the French Open.

21 times Grand Slam champion missed most of last season with an injury and says he’s still learning to live and play through the pain.
The Spaniard appeared to be struggling hard towards the end of his last game on Thursday when he was defeated by Denis Shapovalov at the Italian Open.

“I am a player living with an injury – this is nothing new. This is what it is,” Nadal told reporters after the match.

“Unfortunately, my day after day is difficult, to be honest. Even so, I try really hard… It can frustrate me that for many days I can’t practice properly.”

In early May, Nadal told the media after his dramatic round of 16 victory over David Goffin at the Madrid Open that he had a “chronic injury that cannot be treated.”

He further said, “When I play, sometimes my leg hurts. If you saw me every single day, you wouldn’t worry. My leg always hurts, especially after a three-hour match or a long match.” workout. After all, I walk a little badly.

“But I have a chronic injury that cannot be treated. It’s part of my life and it’s a disadvantage that I can’t finish a match early. In the short term, I think I’m fine, physically speaking, but also about my legs, he has to adapt to the competition.”

Nadal says he experiences pain during training.

Training through “pain”

The 35-year-old made a remarkable comeback from last year’s extended injury hiatus to win the Australian Open in January, but he says the problem with his foot was “tough”.

He confirmed that he would be taking his doctor with him to the French Open in order to deal with the injury as best he could.

“The first thing I need to do is not be in pain while training,” added Nadal, who just returned from a rib injury in Indian Wells in March.

“It is true that during the French Open and Roland Garros I will have my doctor with me. Sometimes it helps because you can do things.

“On positive and negative days, you need to stay and appreciate everything that happened to me in a positive way.”

Roland Garros will take place from May 22 to June 5.