“Today the first gentle training after four weeks without stepping onto a tennis court. What excitement to be stepping on sand again!” wrote the world number four on Twitter alongside two photos showing him training indoors on sand.
First soft training today after 4 weeks without stepping on a tennis court 👌🏻 What an illusion to step back on the ground… https://t.co/auNJETO5QX
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 1650280074000
Nadal picked up the injury during his defeat by American Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final on March 22 and announced at the time that he was likely to be out for between four and six weeks.
That defeat ended his perfect 20-0 run early in 2022, which had included winning the Australian Open title.
The 35-year-old missed last week’s Monte Carlo Masters and the currently ongoing Barcelona Open but could potentially return for the Madrid Masters on May 1-8.
His main focus will be to be fit for the French Open which starts on May 22nd. Nadal has won the Roland Garros title 13 times.
Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in an epic final in Melbourne after Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia over his Covid vaccination status.
That win earned him the 21st men’s Grand Slam title and pulled him out of a draw with Djokovic and Roger Federer.
During the Spaniard’s absence, compatriot youthful Carlos Alcaraz emerged with a triumph at the Miami Open, while Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas clinched his second consecutive Monte Carlo title.
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