Tennis expert Mats Wilander predicts it will be hard for Rafael Nadal to have a perfect preparation for the French Open. Nadal, a record 13-time Grand Slam champion, suffered a rib stress fracture in Indian Wells. Nadal is set to be out for four to six weeks and that means he won’t play at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Nadal will likely be also forced to skip Barcelona. “Nadal will not have a perfect preparation. Can he train hard? Can he spend enough hours on the court before Roland‐Garros? That’s the big question. In any case, it will be very, very tight for him to be ready,” Wilander said, per We Love Tennis.
“Even if it’s only for one tournament: I would like to see all three of them play again at the same time. It will be the greatest tennis tournament of all time.”
Nadal underwent testing after the Indian Wells final
After Nadal suffered a surprise defeat to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final, he revealed after the match he was having difficulties breathing.
“Hi everyone, I wanted to let you know that I’m back in Spain and I went straight to see my medical team for tests after the Indian Wells final, which I played in discomfort,” Nadal tweeted in Spanish. “I have a stress fracture in one of my ribs and I will be out for 4 to 6 weeks.
It’s not good news and I didn’t expect this. I am devastated and sad because after such a good start to the season I have had. “Now is a very important time of the year for me and I had a very good feeling and good results.
Well, I have always had that spirit of fighting and overcoming and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery. Once again I would like to thank everyone for their support”.