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Roland-Garros: Rafael Nadal begins a "five-month convalescence"

2023-06-04T00:26:55.351Z

Highlights: Rafael Nadal underwent an arthroscopy in his left hip on Friday. Former world N.1 injured the tendon of his left iliac psoas (hip flexor muscle) during his second-round match in Australia in January. Nadal has not played since, postponing from tournament to tournament his return, until announcing on May 18 his forfeit for Roland-Garros, his favorite tournament won fourteen times, without giving this time a date of return, but saying to target the 2024 season, probably his last.


Following an arthroscopy he passed on Friday, the Spanish player will have to take his pain in patience before returning to the court.


The arthroscopy undergone Friday by Rafael Nadal in the left hip "went well" and "the normal recovery period is estimated at five months," we learned Saturday from the entourage of the Spanish player. "The surgery went well, it consisted of cleaning the fibrous and damaged parts of the tendon (of the psoas), as well as strengthening it," the same source told AFP.

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In a second time, an old lesion in the labrum of his left hip (part of the joint, editor's note) was also treated, which will certainly contribute to the healing of the tendon, "she added. "Rafa will begin the functional recovery process in a few hours and the normal recovery period is estimated at five months," she concluded.

Nadal, who turns 37 on Saturday, injured the tendon of his left iliac psoas (hip flexor muscle) during his second-round match in Australia in January. Despite the pain, he was keen to finish the match, losing to American Mackenzie McDonald in three sets. The former world N.1 has not played since, postponing from tournament to tournament his return, until announcing on May 18 his forfeit for Roland-Garros, his favorite tournament won fourteen times, without giving this time a date of return, but saying to target the 2024 season, probably his last.

Source: lefigaro

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