'I nearly quit tennis for golf' - Nadal

The Spanish player has admitted that receiving the diagnosis for his 2005 injury was “like a shot to the head” and that the injury left him “without appetite for life”.

Nadal suffered from the depression during the early parts of his career.
Nadal suffered from the depression during the early parts of his career.

CURRENT WORLD NO.2 tennis player Rafael Nadal has admitted he considered a switch to golf, as he suffered from a career-threatening foot injury in 2005.

Writing in his autobiography, the Spaniard, who has since won two Wimbledons and one US Open title, admitted to being at his lowest ebb due to persistent injury problems.

He wrote:

“[The] diagnosis had initially been like a shot to the head. The bone still hurts me. It remains under control, just, but we can never drop our guard.”

Nadal said that he contemplated a move to golf after doctors diagnosed a congenital bone problem in his foot, leaving him “depressed” and “without appetite for life”.

He added:

“My knees were the immediate reason but I knew the root cause was my state of mind.”

Nadal, who is a personal friend of Rory McIlroy, is an avid golf fan, and also recalled his friendship with the late Seve Ballesteros, saying:

“I had the chance to meet him and the honour to play 18 holes with him a couple of years ago in Madrid. He was impressive. We all looked at him as a role model.”

Gavin Cooney
Reports From Qatar

Get Gavin's exclusive writing and analysis from the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Become a Member

Nadal’s autobiography, entitled ‘Rafa’, hits stores today.

Read: Tiger is still number one – on this list of celebrity cheapskates>

Read: Plax’s back: Burgess marks his return with a touchdown>

About the author:

Paul Fennessy

Read next: