After already missing a significant chunk of the 2014 season, Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday that he doesn’t have any plans to skip the remaining events of the season and will compete in premiere ATP events in Basel, Paris and London despite having appendicitis.
“My thought is to continue with Basel, Paris and London,” the Spaniard said. “It’s true that the past few months I did not have the best of luck. I didn’t have the best of luck since Wimbledon. I was playing a good year, very positive year. After that I was unlucky with the wrist, what’s going on now. Now there remains three more tournaments for me.”
Nadal returned to tennis action since the Wimbledon tournament in Beijing for the China Open where he lost in the quarterfinals to Martin Klizan. He was diagnosed with appendicitis on Sunday, just a few days before his second round match was scheduled. He would go on to lose that match to Feliciano Lopez.
“Little bit of pain, but that’s not the tougher thing now,” he said. “Tougher thing always, as you know, when you have few days in bed, the process that I had. Even today the doctors told me that I was very, very lucky that I [did not need] to go for surgery straight, can save with antibiotics. You can imagine that all the treatment was little bit aggressive at the beginning. In three days I am playing.”
“I am a little bit more dizzy and feel with not much power than pain. Pain, I think, is under control. That’s important. I think I was lucky for that. Unlucky for another things, but for this thing I was lucky.”
Nadal said that he was given medical advise to undergo appendectomy since not doing so would increase chances that he will have it again in the future.
“Even if it’s now under control, is obvious it’s going to come back,” he said. “I don’t want to come back, to have the same thing when I am in Australia, when I am in Indian Wells or Miami or when I am in Roland Garros. So I going to do it before the end of the year.”