Rafa Roundup: Francis Roig gives an insight into Nadal’s foot injury

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Former tennis player Francis Roig, who is part of Rafael Nadal’s coaching staff, gave an interview to Noticias. He spoke about cold conditions worsening his injury and the new treatment Nadal will need to try to ease the pain in his foot. Roig suggests that two or three sessions of the new treatment, a radio frequency ablation, will help him live pain-free for a while.

“Rafa’s problems worsen with the cold. But she (doctor) hopes the new pain relief treatment will work. We will have to wait. I think it’s 2 or 3 sessions and Rafa will be delighted, so will we. He will live painlessly for a while,” Roig said.

Roig also spoke about how the injury got worse during the pandemic due to lack of activity.

“We were locked up for a while and not exercising goes against him. Since then he has had more problems,” Roig continued.

“The older I get, the more I enjoy watching him play,” the seven-time Grand Slam champion and Eurosport analyst told L’Equipe.

“We see that he trusts his variations more than when he was 22 or 23 years old. I find his tennis more fun than Roger’s or Novak’s. With Roger, everything seems easy. It’s simple and aesthetic. Rafa is different: his true personality arises when the racquet hits the ball. Of course, the beginning and the end of the motion are not as fluid as with Roger. But the contact with the ball is so pure, his touch on the ball is so extraordinary that I am blown away. I’ve always loved its intensity and emotional involvement. But before, there was a repetitive aspect to his game. We knew exactly how he was going to win the point. And we knew he would win 6-2 6-2 6-2. Now he creates uncertainty: what will he do on the next move? It’s like watching Federer when he was at his best. I no longer want to commentate on his matches, I just want to watch him play.”

“I mean he’s Hercules! There’s just nothing else you can say about him, and I think he even surprises his own team. He will go down as one of if not the greatest of the game and he’s still got more to come,” Tiley said during the chat.

“So for him to do that and get through that draw, to win it and win it as convincingly as he did in the finals, is honestly remarkable,” Tiley said.

“Well interestingly while talking to Rafa’s team over the last couple of days, they’re just as surprised as the rest of us are, because never did Rafa himself think that,” said Tiley.

Rafael Nadal’s triumphant two weeks in Paris didn’t just earn him a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title or a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title—it also added 2.2 million Euros, or approximately $2.34 million, to his ever-growing career prize money total.

And with that new chunk of change, Nadal not only surpasses $130 million in career prize money, he also moves past Roger Federer for second place on the all-time list.

To honor Rafa, Roland Garros erected this statue of him hitting his patented forehand at last year’s tournament. Ljubicic is saying; however, that the statue is not enough and perhaps the court where he’s had all this success should be named after him. Do you agree?

Of course, Nadal does already have a court named after him. Pista Rafa Nadal is the main show court at the Barcelona Open, an ATP 500 event in his native Spain that he has won on 12 occasions. The court was renamed in 2017 when he was a mere nine-time champion.

It’s unlikely the French Open would name their biggest court after a non-French player, but it certainly says something about his unprecedented greatness on Court Philippe-Chatrier that it could be considered.

Social media related to Rafa:

“Manacor City Council will install a sculpture in homage to the greatest Manacor tennis player of all time: @RafaelNadal. This has been decided by the spokespersons of all the municipal groups and the mayor @miquel_oliver, after the tennis player’s last historic victory.”

8 comments

  1. Roig’s take on the situation has a very calming effect and he is so close to Rafa that it gives me hope. Mostly if it works and Rafa doesn’t get pain for a while it’s got to benefit him on and off the court. I hope all goes well. Vamos

  2. To be pain free and be able to play would be such a blessing.🙏All the best, Rafa Nadal-you deserve
    this👏👍💪🤛🍀🎾❤️

  3. Congratulations to Rafa and his beloved Real Madrid🥳🎾⚽️

    On the day of the championship, I received two cupcakes from the hotel, one with Liverpool logo and the other one with RMD of course…I ate one only before the game finally started after a delay.🤭 I chose to support Rafa’s favorite club watching on TV in my room instead of going to watch the night session that day, no regrets whatsoever.😝

  4. Fingers crossed! Maybe they could name the court after him when he retires, but not yet. I’m sure that Philippe Chatrier was a lovely man, but I’m afraid that my lasting memory of him is when Andre Agassi called him a “bozo”!

    • I would love the “powers-that-be” at Roland Garros to honour Rafa by renaming the Court Philippe Chatrier after him but they will never do that for someone who isn’t a French National. The very best we could hope for is that they name one of their other courts after him. I don’t think they will though. Perhaps they could name one of the Roland Garros Avenues after him? That would be great.

  5. All the very best for your future and hope you can play tennis for a bit longer rafa

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