In a 12-point summary, Semed responded to “comments that are taking place in relation to the treatment received by the tennis player Mr. Rafael Nadal during his participation in the Roland Garros tournament.” Firstly, Semed said that “anesthetic injections are therapeutic procedures of widespread and historical use, both in the field of sports, as well as in the workplace and many others. The indications for such injections are well-defined in medicine and their main objective is to reduce localized pain in an anatomical area.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s director general, Olivier Niggli, weighed in on the debate on Thursday, stating that the injections Nadal received in his foot are permitted by the IOC watchdog.
Such injections “are not on the [WADA] list of prohibited substances, as it considered they do not improve sports performance and are not harmful,” Niggli told Swiss broadcaster RTS.
“Nadal has won 14 titles at Roland Garros, and if he won the previous 13 without the need for injections, it is likely that the fourteenth was not thanks to them,” he added.
- “Nadal has gone way beyond the limits any human being would go to in terms of pain & everything to get that title” – Bartoli | tennismajors.com
“I was courtside for a lot of his matches. And I could see on his face, because you can read the emotion a lot more when you have someone getting his towel one metre away from you or playing the ball two metres away from you rather than commentating from the booth, where it a lot more difficult to read the body language. Despite his incredible match against Zverev, which for me was insane in terms of all levels, or even against Auger-Aliassime or even before that, he was really suffering. The pain was still there, he was trying to manage through it.”
“But I think for Rafa, everything was planned until the 5th of June. His goal was to win a 14th Roland-Garros and a 22nd Grand Slam title and then see. And for me, what he has done, he has gone way beyond the limits any human being would go to in terms of pain and everything to get that title and then to assess.”
- “I never imagined that my nephew would win everything he has won, I am surprised by what Rafa does” – Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal | sportskeeda.com
“In other Slams also he played with his foot asleep. At Wimbledon 2008, he played the final against Federer with his foot numb too,” Toni said. “During the  Australian Open, we had a video call and he told me he couldn’t move. But, after two intense matches, he raised the level of him and got in shape.”
“After Rome, I told Rafa that if he played like he did in the first set against [Denis] Shapovalov, the level was to win Roland Garros,” Toni said. “If he can play, Rafa is a candidate to win Wimbledon. There he made five finals in a row.”
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