Friday, August 24, 2012
Have We Seen the Last of Rafa Nadal?
Now, his career may be over as we know it. According to an article by the Australian, Nadal's recent string of injuries - which led to a second round loss at Wimbledon earlier this year as well as his withdrawal from the Olympic games and the upcoming U.S. Open in New York - are most definitely career threatening. Nadal has a deformity in his foot which takes away a lot of shock absorbing ability and almost ended his career at 19 in 2005.
However, through special orthodics and shoes, he was able to play, albeit through terrible pain. The special shoes put extra pressure on Nadal's knees and back - both of which have been big problems for him in his career. Now, it may have all passed a breaking point.
I have always been a big Nadal fan and this is terrible news. Always considered a clay specialist until later in his career, he was always gracious in victory and defeat and probably could have dethroned Federer as the best of all time had he been able to stay healthy. If this report is entirely accurate, it's a sad day for tennis and for sports as a whole.