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Rafael Nadal aiming to play at Wimbledon despite chronic foot problem

Rafael Nadal aiming to play at Wimbledon despite chronic foot problem

Rafael Nadal remains hopeful of featuring at Wimbledon after treatment for his chronic foot problem.

The 36-year-old was pictured on crutches after winning his 14th French Open title almost two weeks ago and said he would not continue to play if the situation did not improve.

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He has since been encouraged by the reaction of his foot to nerve treatment and intends to fly to London for a week of practice.

Speaking at a press conference in Majorca reported by Marca, Nadal said: "My intention is to play Wimbledon."

"The treatment and the week of training give me hope, and I wouldnโ€™t go if I had no intention of playing.

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"I will travel, play an exhibition at Hurlingham and do a week of training to see if itโ€™s possible.

"Changes are immediately noticeable. Somehow the joint pain that did not allow me to support myself has decreased.

"Iโ€™m happy. I havenโ€™t been limping for a week."

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On the potential of winning all four grand slam titles in a season, Nadal added: "The last one was Rod Laver more than 40 years ago.

"Itโ€™s hard to think that I can do it at 36 years old."

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