“I’m a player who lives with an injury,” Nadal told reporters after the match. “It’s nothing new. It’s something that exists.”
“Unfortunately, my day job is tough, frankly. Even like this, I’m trying really hard… It can be frustrating because many days I can’t train in the proper way.”
In early May, Nadal told the media after his dramatic last-16 victory over David Goffin at the Madrid Open that he had a “chronic, incurable injury”.
He continued, “When I play, my feet sometimes hurt. If you see me every day, you won’t worry. I always have pain in my feet, especially after playing a three-hour game or long training. I ended up walking a little badly.”
“But I have a chronic injury that has no cure. It’s part of my life, and that’s the downside of not being able to finish the match early. In the short term, I think I’m fine, physically, but also talking about my feet, you have to adapt to the competition.”
Training through ‘pain’
The 35-year-old made an impressive comeback from a long injury break last year to win the Australian Open in January, but said the problem with his foot was “tough”.
He confirmed that he would bring his doctor to the French Open in order to manage the injury as best as possible.
“The first thing I have to do is not find it difficult to train,” added Nadal, who had just returned from a rib injury he suffered at Indian Wells in March.
“It is true that during the French Open, Roland Garros, I will take my doctor with me there. Sometimes it helps because you can do things.
“On positive days and on negative days, you need to stay put and appreciate all the things that have happened to me in a positive way.”
Roland Garros is scheduled to go live between May 22 and June 5.