After sliding under a table in the press room yesterday in extreme pain due to cramps, Rafael Nadal seems very keen to prove himself fit and fully recovered. It started when he posted a video saying he was fine and reassuring his fans that cramps are fairly common place in professional tennis.
For those who follow Nadal’s movements closely, the Spaniard does not post videos often and so it does seem that he is keen to avoid further investigation to the state of his body after recent blister (burn) issues and ongoing foot problems after Wimbledon.
Nadal then took it a step further. Again on Facebook, Nadal posted saying he had survived a training session and made sure he emphasized the fact it was a two hour session. According to media accounts Nadal was on court for 45-60 minutes and then did some physical training away from prying eyes.
Hi, after yesterday’s incident, that you all know, and all the mess around, I share a picture of today’s practice (almost 2 hours). Now waiting to know the time I play. Thanks everybody for your support!
Even Andy Roddick spoke out in Rafa’s defense saying, “Not to put a dampener on the story, which I know you guys think is really big, but people cramp after matches when you’re cold. It’s just something that happens. It’s just unfortunate it happened in front of you all. Every single player in there has had that happen before. Every single one.”
Nadal will need to be fit to play Gilles Muller tomorrow as the second match on Arthur Ashe stadium.