Mon corps a décidé pour moi!

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An injury knocked Rafael Nadal off course — and pointed him to the Citi Open

It wasn’t the physical and mental toll of a grueling clay-court season that caused Rafael Nadal to withdraw from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics after his gut-spilling semifinal loss to Novak Djokovic at the French Open in June.

It was a flare-up of a long-standing ailment with his left foot — so debilitating that he couldn’t pick up a tennis racket for 20 days, Nadal disclosed in an interview Sunday.

After that came measured steps of rehabilitation: work in the gym, 30-minute practices, then longer sessions with players at his tennis academy in Mallorca.

“My body decided for me,” Nadal said of his two-month break from competition during a wide-ranging interview in the players’ outdoor lounge of Washington Citi’s Open, where the 20-time Grand Slam champion will play his first match since June 11 on Wednesday.


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