Rafael Nadal’s grass season start – and perhaps his intentions for Wimbledon – have been thrown into some doubt as the Spaniard recovers psychologically from his French Open loss.

 The king of clay was cut off in his bid for a 14th title at Roland Garros as he went down to arch-rival Novak Djokovic in a four-set semi-final.

Back at home on the island of Mallorca, Nadal’s plans for the start of grass remain fluid and somewhat uncertain, with another full clay-court season taking a toll.

“The body (has been)  fighting every week for two months for clear goals gives you a slump. Wimbledon is in two weeks,” he told Spanish media.

“It’s different than when I was 25, 26 or 27 years old. Now I am 35. You have to see how I recover before making the decision of whether or not I play at Wimbledon.

“Right now I am not able to make a decision because I have neither the physicality nor the mental clarity to think two weeks from now.

“I need to give myself a few days of vacation and relaxation.”

Novak Djokovic is congratulated by Rafa Nadal after his semi-final win. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Nadal also said he will not take part in the first ATP grass event on the island, which will be run by his uncle and former coach Toni starting in a week.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner said he would not be able to get ready.

“I will not play in Mallorca. I just played a very long event and I am as old as I am. 

“I would love to play at home, but I never play the week before a Grand Slam and I’m not ready to start training on grass in three days, which is what I would have to do to be playing a tournament on grass in a week.”

While he was at it, Nadal also cast doubts on any Tokyo Olympic preparation.

In a normal year my calendar is always clear to me since January 1, but this year is different. You have to be flexible. 

“In a normal world I would never think of missing the Games, of course, we all know how important they are to me. 

“(But) in this situation, I don’t know, we’ll see in a couple of months.”


Leave a Reply