It`s been about a month since Rafael Nadal held that unexpected press conference to make his withdrawal`s announcement from the French Open. At that point, his participation at Wimbledon was still on the table but eventually, the Spaniard said no to the grass court season. The14-time Grand Slam winner`s future is severely put under question. In the past, he was able to get back on track quite easily.

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Now, since he turned 30, the equation might require a different approach. Back in the days of glory, most experts stated that Nadal would outstrip Federer`s milestone of 17 Grand Slam. No one thought that some gruelling injuries might shred things into pieces.

No hot spot left untouched.

For a player like Nadal, the tremendous amount of stress his body must endure throughout a single match is likely to leave marks, and erode his bone and muscular structure.

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When it comes to Tennis, the most common injuries a player may experience are related to knees, shoulders, back and wrists. Regarding Nadal`s case, the knees and the wrists were those which suffered the most. In the last several years, Nadal has been prevented from playing tennis due to tendonitis (his knees suffered from an inflammation of its tendons) and also by both his wrists. The left wrist injury is the most recent one and that which currently keeps Nadal away from competing.

A roller coaster season.

After a slow start in 2016, Nadal regained his form during the clay season. Two titles in a row in Monte Carlo and Barcelona put him back on the map. Then, he played well in Madrid and Rome reaching the semis in the first and the quarterfinal in the second one. At the French Open, he won the first two matches without dropping a set but his wrist did not agree with the run and forced him to withdraw.

The Olympics.

At this point, Nadal`s recovery raises some questions regarding the Olympics. In about a month, all the top tennis players are going to make their move in Rio. The 30-year-old player will be Spain`s flag bearer, an honor he missed back in 2012 when he was unable to compete at the Olympics in London. Still, he can brag about a Gold Medal in the men`s singles earned at Beijing in 2008.

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It will be a shame if Nadal is not be fit to play in Rio. Considering his age it might be his last Olympics. 2020 seems way too far ahead.

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