Rafa Nadal excites fans by returning to training ahead of French Open despite suffering a stress fracture in his rib during his defeat to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final
- Nadal returned to training on Monday after being out injured with a fractured rib
- He shared pictures of himself on a clay court one month before the French Open
- Nadal will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet at the tournament in May
- Nadal has won his record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January
- The Spaniard beat Russian world No.2 Daniil Medvedev in a five set marathon
Australian Open champion Rafa Nadal resumed training on Monday after four weeks out due a stress fracture in his rib, a month out from the French Open where the Spaniard will bid for a record-extending 14th title.
Nadal, 35, last played in the final of Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz on March 22, falling to a straight-sets defeat. The injury forced him to skip claycourt tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
‘Today after 4 weeks without stepping on a tennis court, first soft training,’ Nadal wrote on Twitter, alongside pictures of him practising on clay.
Rafa Nadal resumed training on Monday after four weeks out due a stress fracture in his rib
The 35-year-old shared a photo of himself training on a clay court on Monday evening (above)
The 21-times major winner could feature in ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome before the French Open, which gets underway on May 22.
Nadal will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet – having recently secured his 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open by beating Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal dropped to his knees at Rod Laver Arena after winning the 2022 Australian Open (above)
Nadal (left) beat Daniil Medvedev (right) 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to secure his 21st Grand Slam
The Spaniard fell to his knees on Rod Laver Arena as he clinched match point after fighting back from two sets down to defeat Medvedev 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in match lasting five hours and 24 minutes.
‘A month and a half ago I didn’t know if I would be playing. I really can’t thank you enough for the support,’ an emotional Nadal told the crowd in his post match speech.
He went on to add: ‘This will stay in my heart. I really can’t explain the feelings I have right now,’ he said.
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