Nadal undergoes an arthroscopy in Barcelona and concludes his 2018 season | Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
11/05/2018

Nadal undergoes an arthroscopy in Barcelona and concludes his 2018 season

Rafa Nadal underwent today an arthroscopy in Barcelona due to a problem in his right ankle and has announced that he concludes his 2018 season. The 11-time Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell confirmed in his social networks that he will not be able to travel to London to fight for the victory in the Nitto ATP finals, the last big appointment of the ATP calendar.

In addition to the abdominal problem that forced him to retire of the Masters 1000 of Paris-Bercy, an intra-articular free body was found in his right ankle, which is why he underwent an arthroscopy this afternoon. Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro has been in charge of carrying out the operation and expects that he will start the next season in full conditions.

The full statement of the Majorcan player is as follows:

Hi all:

I am writing these words to you as the end of the season.

It has been a complicated year, very good at the tennis level when I was able to play and at the same time very bad as far as injuries are concerned.

I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, doing things well and I really wanted to play.

Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today.

It is true that we had detected it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me. However, since the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we are taking advantage of the moment to remove the free body and avoid future problems.

In this way I hope to be in full condition for the next season.

Thank you all for your support.

Rafael Nadal