Patient Nadal to rest until knee is healed
Rafael Nadal will take as much rest as his body needs before
returning to tennis.
”I have to listen (to the doctors) and be patient, and I will
come back when my knee is well,” the third-ranked Spaniard said on
Friday from his home island of Mallorca.
”The best thing I can do now is to stop, get fully well, accept
the situation and work hard to come back better.”
Tendinitis in his left knee has kept Nadal from playing since he
lost in the second round at Wimbledon in June.
The 26-year-old Nadal missed the Olympics, where he was set to
defend his gold medal and carry Spain’s flag at the opening
ceremony. He also missed a charity match with Novak Djokovic and
tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati before recently ruling
himself out of the upcoming U.S. Open.
The 11-time Grand Slam winner said that he was not worried about
falling down the world rankings.
”At this stage in my career my ranking is of the least
importance,” Nadal said. ”The most important thing is that I am
sure I am fit to compete like I did during the first six months of
this year, with a solid chance to win in each tournament I enter.
After being almost eight years ranked either first or second, I
think that being ranked second or fourth or sixth doesn’t really
This isn’t the first time his knees have forced Nadal to take a
break. In 2009, he took a hiatus, recovered and came back stronger
Nadal said he would like to play for Spain in the Davis Cup
semifinal match against the United States, starting on Sept. 14,
but he made no promises.
”If (my knee) is well in time for the Davis Cup and the captain
wants me, I will be happy to be there,” he said. ”It would be
exciting for me and a great moment to return. If not, then I will
have to wait a little longer.”