Won’t play more than what works well for my body: Rafael Nadal on abdominal injury ahead of Cincinnati Open

"The main thing is to stay healthy," the Spaniard stated.

Saurabh GangulyAuthor

Updated - 16 August 2022 10:14 AM

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Rafael Nadal will be back to competitive tennis action this week. While he looked set to further extend his record 22 Grand-slam title list at Wimbledon, an abdomen tear forced him to pull out after reaching the semifinal stage of the competition.

However, as Nadal has confirmed his participation in the Cincinnati Open, he has stated that he is looking forward to enjoying this week. He added that he will not play if he feels it's more than what works well for his body.

"The main thing is to stay healthy and play the events that I want to play. I will not play more than what I believe works well for my body. I am happy to be back in Cincinnati after a couple of years without the chance of being able to be here. I had a small tear in the abdomen, so it is dangerous," Nadal was quoted as saying.

"The abdominal is a place that is dangerous because on every serve you put a lot of effort there. I am trying to do things properly, trying to be a bit more conservative. I hope I can be ready for the action here. I want to play tennis again on the Tour. I am having a good season and I am enjoying it. I want to enjoy this week in Cincinnati," he added.

Nadal is ranked number 3 in the world but the 22-Grand Slam title holder has just won 1 previous edition of the Cincinnati Open. He would be determined to make it 2 this year.

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