“His Final Goal Is Roland Garros”: Rafael Nadal’s Doctor Gives Fitness Update Ahead of The 2021 Clay Court Swing


Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal’s doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro has confirmed Spaniard will resume his tour at the Monte-Carlo Masters. The first clay-court 1000 category event will occur from 11th-18th April in Monaco in the ATP tour calendar.

Following the Australian Open quarterfinal exit, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has withdrawn from Rotterdam Open, Acapulco Open, and Miami Masters due to a back injury. And Nadal cited he needed to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe. 

Nadal Is Training Well And Hard, says Rafael Nadal’s Doctor

Last week, Rafael Nadal began the training ahead of the European clay-court swing in his academy. Notably, Spaniard has been hitting balls against Norwegian No.1 and World No.26 Casper Ruud.  

“(Rafa) is training well. He is training hard”, Doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro stated after watching Nadal’s training sessions.

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“His(Nadal) Goal Is clay, First Montecarlo”: Doctor 

According to a recent update, Spaniard will play Barcelona Open, Madrid Masters, Rome Masters, and French Open 2021, followed by Monte-Carlo. 

Angel Ruiz Cotorro also believes that Rafael Nadal will arrive well at Roland Garros if the pandemic does not delay him. The doctor continued, “His goal is clay, first Montecarlo, and his final goal is Roland Garros.” 

The French Open 2021 is scheduled to take place from 23rd May to 6th June in Paris. But, France has entered into its third national lockdown on Sunday due to the increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths.

If Nadal enters into the Roland Garros this year, It will be the 17th appearance in his career. Spaniard has a win-loss record of 100-2. And he has won 13 titles so far, most men’s singles titles at one major event.  

At the 2020 French Open, Rafael Nadal captured his 13th without losing a single set amid unfavourable conditions. And he defeated World No.1 Novak Djokovic with a first set bagel in the championship match. Will we see how Spaniard wins his 14th title under the Philippe-Chatrier roof?

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