Rafael Nadal injury? Doctor on court with Nadal… could star MISS Wimbledon?
RAFAEL NADAL’s doctor was on court with the tennis star as he practised ahead of Wimbledon.
Nadal, 32, pulled out of Queen’s this week after a gruelling clay-court campaign.
And there will be fresh doubt over whether Nadal is ready for Wimbledon after his doctor was spotted at the Mallorca Open practice courts.
Tennis World say Angel Ruiz Cotorro was on court to closely looking at Nadal’s movements.
Nadal won his 11th French Open title earlier this month but pulled out of Queen’s because he needed to rest before next month's Wimbledon.
"I have spoken to my doctors and need to listen to what my body is telling me," the Spaniard said.
"I would like to say sorry to the tournament organizers and the fans that were hoping to see me play."
Rafael Nadal has been getting used to the grass at the Mallorca Open - although he's not competing
Although Jaume Munar, the world No.87 who trains at the Nadal academy, gave a positive update on the 17-time Grand Slam champion’s fitness.
He said: “I saw Rafa very well, really, very well.”
Regardless of his injury issues, Novak Djokovic has tipped Nadal to challenge Roger Federer for the SW19 title..
"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves too early. I'm definitely not one of the favorites for Wimbledon," Djokovic said.
"Roger is the clear favourite without a doubt. (Rafa) Nadal maybe hasn't played well at Wimbledon by his standards, but he's won it several times. He's definitely one of the candidates to win the title."
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World No.2 Nadal, who last won the Wimbledon title in 2010, will enter the tournament without any competitive matches on grass - if he makes it.
Djokovic also backed two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who returned from a year-long injury layoff at Queen's Club but fell to a hard-fought defeat by Australian Nick Kyrgios, to make an impact.
"Andy (Murray) and myself if we play well (can be contenders). We dropped in the rankings, but Andy played really well against Nick Kyrgios here," Djokovic added.
"He has home support, things can go in a good direction if he plays well at Wimbledon."