Rafael Nadal seriously considered retiring from tennis after winning Roland Garros as his foot was a major issue.
Rafael Nadal used daily injections into his foot that made it numb to win Roland Garros. He was taking them since his condition was making it difficult for him to perform at the event without pain. He was frustrated by the discomfort to the point where he considered giving up tennis.
Taking daily injections just to play tennis did not seem worth it: "I was very happy after winning Roland Garros, but at the same time, I thought I was going to have to retire from professional tennis because I couldn't continue with those chronic pains or playing undercover."
The trophy in Paris would have been a fitting way for him to retire as it was very unexpected to him, especially after Rome: "The title in Paris was totally unexpected. A few weeks before I had left Rome with a limp and it was a miracle that the doctors found a way to numb the nerves in my foot."
"I arrived with a very poor preparation, but I had a lot of confidence in my tennis and the key day, in the quarterfinals against Djokovic, I played very well," added Nadal.