Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal clinched his 14th French Open title on Sunday as Inga Svatek clinched the women’s trophy with a resounding victory. The 36-year-old faced a tough game that included intense matches against Felix Auger Aliassim, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, then defeated Kasper Rudd in the final. But Nadal will move to the treatment table next week as he hopes he will recover from a chronic left foot problem in time to be able to play at Wimbledon. Nadal, coming to the All England club for the first time in his career, is still expected to play in the calendar Grand Slam, and says he is still hopeful that he can play.
The two-time Wimbledon champion said, “If it (the treatment) works, I will move on. If not, that’s another story.”
He has won two Grand Slam titles this season, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to top the all-time list. Nadal received injections to play at the French Open, but insisted he would not continue down this path.
“If I can get anti-inflammatory drugs, yes; narcotics, no. I don’t want to put myself in that situation anymore.”
Before returning to the treatment table, however, Nadal had a chance to pose for a photo with the French Open trophy, titled “La Coupe des Musquetiers”, the English translation -Musquetiers Cup, with the grand Eiffel Tower in the background. .
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“The Musketeers Cup has been awarded to the men’s singles champion since 1981 and pays tribute to the four Musketeers of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brunon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste.
According to the official Roland Garros website, “A silver bowl topped with vine leaves and decorated with two swan-shaped handles, the trophy is placed on a marble base and engraved with the winners’ names from 1891. Has gone.”
It will be interesting to see if the experienced pair of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal return to challenge Novak Djokovic on the grass court at Wimbledon.