Rafael Nadal surely was the underdog when he walked into the French Open with an alleged dip in form accompanied by his chronic foot injury. But it seems that Nadal has made a habit out of winning especially when he is treated as an underdog.
After going through all the injuries it can seldom be said that a star would keep on going but that is not the case with Rafael Nadal. He acknowledged the fact that he was in extreme pain during the course of the tournament and he had to take a lot of injections to drag himself to the finals and win the trophy.
His chronic foot injury came up during the Rome Masters and ever since then there have been a lot of speculations pertaining to his future. However, he faced all of these issues and proved to everyone that this is why he is termed the king of clay and also one of the best players to ever play the sport of tennis.
There have been congratulations pouring in for Nadal but the French cyclist Guillaume Martin took a rather disgruntled approach. He was not pleased with Nadal’s admission to using injections throughout the course of the tournament.
Guillaume Martin is not okay with Rafael Nadal’s approach in the French Open
While Martin was giving an interview to a French newspaper, he said that he was embarrassed by certain sports allowing the usage of drugs and said that there use to a standardised approach to regulation in all the sports.
He further stated,
“What Rafael Nadal did would have been impossible on the bike, and I find that normal. If we are sick or injured, we don’t run, we don’t compete, that seems like common sense to me.”
“In the long term, I’m not sure it will do Nadal’s ankle any good. Drugs and infiltrations not only have a healing effect, they can certainly improve the performance. If a cyclist did the same thing, even if it weren’t forbidden, everyone would fall on him calling him doped,”
The statements made by Martin are not logically sound since the injections being taken by Nadal in no way enhanced his performance or gave him an edge over his opponents. They were taken to ensure that the pain being suffered by Nadal decreased to a certain degree.
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