Well, this story is getting mucked about with, isn’t it? After tennis.com and Neil Harman of The Times both reported on Sunday that Rafael Nadal is suffering from a hairline fracture to his foot and could miss up to six weeks of tennis, Rafa’s PR guy Benito Perez-Barbadillo tweeted this statement on Monday:
Just to be clear: Rafa doesn’t have a fracture and he won’t be off 6 weeks. holidays & July 16th will play a golf tournament in Mallorca.
(Via Nadal News)
Huh? How did this mix up happen? Nadal reportedly mentioned the injury to Spanish reporters, so perhaps Harman’s medical terms en espagnol are a little rusty? My best guess is that something was lost in translation. (Though certainly Harman would have discussed the story with members of the Spanish press who were present.)
Toni Nadal, uncle and coach Rafa Nadal, said the Spaniard tennis player does not suffer any fracture in his left foot, against which publishes the British newspaper The Times. Nadal will be in the tournament in Montreal, as planned, that is played in just over a month.
The Times has reported that Nadal has a “small fracture in his left foot,” which occurred during his second round match against Argentine Martin del Potro. This injury would have him removed from the courts for six weeks.
However, Toni Nadal said that “information is not true. He’ll Play in Montreal, as we had planned.”.
I find this whole episode a little strange. It’s likely a case of misunderstanding/lackadaisical reporting – though that would surprise me coming from a reporter with Neil Harman’s chops. Then again, there always seems to be some confusion when it comes to Rafa’s injuries. Rafa himself said the foot “was not fine” during the tournament and said he was handling it by shooting his foot full of anesthetics. So if the pain wasn’t caused by a hairline fracture – a diagnoses that seemed to make a lot of sense, given the symptoms and situation – then what the hell is/was wrong with his foot?
While I’m tempted to deem this development “good news!”, I’m also waiting for the other tennis shoe to drop on this story.