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.
@RafaelNadal is going back to Mallorca after undergoing the first session of the foot treatment in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/7IltW0xllV
— 9-7 in the 5th (@97InThe5th) June 7, 2022
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 wouldn’t go if I had no intention of playing.
"I will travel, play an exhibition at Hurlingham and do a week of training to see if it’s possible.
"Changes are immediately noticeable. Somehow the joint pain that did not allow me to support myself has decreased.
"I’m happy. I haven’t been limping for a week."
RAFA ON GRASS 😍
Can the @rafaelnadal Grand-Slam run continue? pic.twitter.com/i9KWy48CJ6
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 17, 2022
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.
"It’s hard to think that I can do it at 36 years old."