French Open Champion Rafael Nadal Not Yet Sure If He Will Play In Wimbledon
The 32-year-old Spaniard defeated seventh seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday to claim his 11th French Open trophy and 17th major title.
Nadal told reporters after the victory that he wants to ensure that his body recovers sufficiently from playing on clay in Paris.
“I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days,” Nadal said.
“Of course it’s a drastic change from clay to grass. I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back.”
After the Australian Open in January, Nadal sat out for more than two months due to a hip injury. The Spaniard pulled out of the Melbourne tournament in the quarter-finals because of this.
Nadal was asked after Sunday’s win if he soon hopes to surpass Roger Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles, but the Spaniard said this was not his main concern at the moment.
“You can’t be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you,” said Nadal, who will be top seed at Wimbledon.
“I’ve never been crazy about this kind of stuff. You can’t live with that feeling. You have to do your way. I’d love to have 20 like Roger in the future or more, but it is not something in my mind. I know I’ve had an amazing career so I want to keep fighting for these things.”
Wimbledon is set to start on July 2. Nadal will be seeking his ninth championship there.