Doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro has been involved in Rafael Nadal’s career for years, helping his compatriot to overcome numerous injuries and extend his career. Rafa has been struggling with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, withdrawing at the All England Club and suffering an early US Open loss.
Nadal has not played singles matches since New York, hoping to change that in the rest of the season in Paris and Turin. Cotorro revealed that Rafa feels better, spending time with his family and working on his game ahead of the return.
Nadal has experienced brilliant results and a series of setbacks in 2022. The 36-year-old is ranked 2nd on the ATP Race list behind Carlos Alcaraz, winning two Major titles and passing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Nadal made an incredible return at the start of the season after missing the second part of the previous one.
He lifted his first Australian Open crown in 13 years and rattled off 20 straight wins. Rafa fractured his rib in Indian Wells and had to skip Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The Spaniard did not play well in Madrid and Rome, and more problems arose above him ahead of Roland Garros.
Struggling with foot pain, Rafa needed injections to endure the best-of-five efforts in Paris, winning seven matches and securing his 22nd Major crown. Hoping for more at Wimbledon, Nadal experienced a severe abdominal injury, dealing with a seven-millimeter tear and still winning five matches.
Rafael Nadal should return to the court in the upcoming weeks.
Rafa withdrew ahead of the semi-final clash following an epic quarter-final duel against Taylor Fritz, heading home and hoping to recover ahead of the US Open.
As it turned out, there was no time for that, and Nadal suffered the fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe. After losing a chance to become world no. 1 again, Rafa returned to Mallorca to spend time with his wife and a new family member, as they became parents for the first time.
Nadal flew to London and competed alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, returning home the following day and not playing in the previous weeks. If everything goes right, we will see him in action in Paris and Turin, still seeking the year-end no.
1 honor for the sixth time. “Rafa is fine, delighted with his fatherhood. Once that situation is fulfilled, which logically takes you out of the day-to-day, he is training well and following the schedule for the end of the season.
His secret lies in hard work, passion for the sport, trying to improve every day and outstanding physical tennis qualities. Rafa is a historical player for our sport, and he continues to give us joy,” Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said.