majorca : April 18 (IANS) Rafael Nadal has returned to a tennis court for the first time since suffering an unfortunate rib injury in Indian Wells last month.
The 35-year-old Spaniard, who is among the favorites to win this year’s French Open, was forced to deal with a stress fracture in Indian Wells and was initially expected to be out of action for around six weeks.
However, it seems that Nadal’s recovery process is on the right track and he will be ready in time for the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros.
Nadal, who has won 21 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, the most in history, shared on Instagram on Monday a photo of himself training at the Rafa Nadal Academy in his native Manacor as he steps up his preparations for his favorite French Open. . .
“Today after 4 weeks without stepping on a tennis court, first light training. What an illusion to step on the earth again!” Nadal wrote in the photo caption.
It remains to be seen if Nadal will be able to return to his pre-injury standards to seal another French Open triumph when he returns to the Grand Slam circuit late next month. He currently holds the record for the most titles at Roland Garros with 13 and will look to overtake Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev for this year’s honors when the action finally begins in Paris.