Rafael Nadal has revealed that he could miss this year’s Wimbledon tournament because of the sudden surface change from clay to grass, which is a concern for his fitness, according to a report on Eurosport UK.
The world number one stormed to his 11th French Open crown on Sunday by defeating Dominic Thiem in straight sets, enhancing his reputation as the ‘king of clay’.
Nadal has also won the Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and Italian Open during this year’s clay-court season, meaning he is physically and mentally drained, as could be seen in the final few games on Sunday.
When speaking about his Wimbledon chances, Nadal said:
It’s difficult for me to think about it now. I had a long and mentally tough clay court season. It was a demanding two months for me.
I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days.
Of course, it’s a drastic change from clay to grass. I did it in the past when I was much younger and quicker because I played back to back.
Nadal’s name is down to participate in the Queen’s Club tournament next week, which is a warm-up event for Wimbledon but he is set to hold discussions with his trainer and fitness coaches before making a final decision.
With rival Roger Federer returning for the grass-court season, Nadal will want to be playing to ensure that he remains as the world number one but as the Spaniard ages, he knows he has to be careful about managing his body.