Tennis: Followers flock to look at Rafael Nadal take a look at the clay at Roland Garros


Even in a coaching session for a match he may but miss, Rafael Nadal nonetheless drew a crowd at Roland Garros on Monday.

Six days earlier than the principle match began, the 14-time French Open winner educated on the Parisian Central Courtroom on Monday afternoon, with a number of thousand spectators within the stands.

Nadal hadn’t set foot on the Paris clay court docket since he gained his final title in 2022 when he performed by way of the fortnight along with his left foot anaesthetized to numb the ache brought on by Mueller-Weiss syndrome, a persistent situation that has bothered him since he was 18.

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For a easy coaching session, the Spaniard made his entrance on the Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier in entrance of some 6,000 spectators, who had turned out for the primary day of qualifying.

5 minutes earlier than the scheduled begin of his session chants of “Rafa, Rafa, Rafa” had been already ringing around the three-quarters-full court docket.

The 22-time main winner, whose profession twilight has been darkened by accidents since January final 12 months, will play the match for the final time, however solely, he says if he feels prepared.



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