Rafael Nadal has delivered a health update following his recent surgery on the left psoas tendon in Barcelona.
It almost seems that ATP Tour isn't the same without Rafael Nadal. The ongoing Roland Garros is without the Spaniard but he still made the headlines despite being away from the competition after announcing his withdrawal from the second Grand Slam event of the season.
An arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique used to inspect and repair problems in a joint, was performed on Nadal's left psoas muscle. It was long due as it kept the 22-time Grand Slam champion away from competition for quite some time. After the successful surgery, the 37-year-old provided an update to his fans.
"Hello everyone. As you know last night I had surgery. Everything went well and the arthroscopy was on the left psoas tendon that has kept me out of competition since January."
The medical team who performed the surgery included Nadal's long-standing physician, Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, and the renowned duo of Dr. Marc Philippon and Dr. Jaume Vilaró from the Steadman Clinic, known for their expertise in sports medicine.
"An old injury to the labrum of my left hip was also regularized, which will surely help the better evolution of the tendon. I want to thank doctors Marc Philippon, Jaume Vilaró and Angel Ruiz-Cotorro for their work."
Nadal is set to start progressive functional rehabilitation immediately, with an expected recovery period of five months. This timeframe means that Nadal will likely miss the rest of the 2023 season, focusing instead on his potential return in the 2024 season, which he has hinted could be his last on the ATP Tour.
"I will start progressive functional rehabilitation immediately and the normal recovery process they tell me is 5 months, if all goes well."
Despite the challenging circumstances, the Spaniard remained positive and thankful for the support he has received from his fans.
"Once again thank you for all the support you have shown me and that you show me every day. Today also on my birthday. Not in the desired or dreamed place, although THANK YOU."