Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is not resting his wrist ahead of the US Open. After playing through injury at the Rio Olympics 2016, the world number 5 has decided to get back on the court instead of taking time off.
“With more rest, the wrist will not go better. The wrist needs to adapt again to the game; needs to adapt again to hit the ball,” said Nadal. Tennis.com reports that the Spaniard is determined to prepare for the US Open on the court instead of at home. He had already spent over two months resting after he sustained a wrist injury at the French Open in Roland Garros. He then decided to act as Spain’s flag bearer and to play in the Rio Olympics despite not feeling 100% on top of his game.
With that being said, Nadal still managed to win a gold medal in the men’s doubles event in Rio. He partnered with countryman Marc Lopez, and claimed the victory against Romania. Even with an injured wrist, Nadal also managed to reach the semi-finals of the men’s singles event.
Right after the Olympics, Nadal did not get any rest and decided to head straight into the Cincinnati Masters. He lost in the third round, but maintains that the only way that he will get better is if he keeps playing. “I spent enough time at home. I needed to keep practicing, keep playing, and that’s why I am here and that’s why I’m not going back to Spain before the U.S. Open,” he said.
Spending close to five hours on court during the Olympics did not appear to have caused Nadal too many problems. While competing in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events, he sometimes needed to play two matches a day. All of this, he believes, is exactly what his wrist needs to get ready for the US Open. The event starts on Aug. 29 in Flushing Meadows, New York.