Ouch! Rafael Nadal is suffering from an inflamed wisdom tooth. Via EarthTimes:
Rafael Nadal was hoping Wednesday that pain from an inflamed wisdom tooth will subside before his opening action at the Miami Masters.
Fourth seed Nadal, fresh from the semi-finals last week at Indian Wells, has been seen by a dentist after the tooth trouble which left him unable to train for two days prior to Tuesday when he resumed.
“I’m hoping it will better today and tomorrow,” said the Spaniard. He said that he will eventually have to have the problem tooth removed but put the timetable at “not now.”
Forget knee tendinitis, anyone who’s ever had a toothache knows how the pain takes over your life until you dream of dashing your brains against the nearest brick wall (or tennis court). Sorry, Rog, if Rafa wins Miami with his head throbbing like a jackhammer, we’ll have to dub him the G.O.A.T. I’d love to see the ATP tribute video for that!
*UPDATE* Here are some new photos of Rafa from his Miami press conference:
Hard to say if he’s feeling achy or just thoughtful. Thanks to Lauren, below, for the on-site report!