Rafael Nadal hands Team Europe an injury boost ahead of Nick Kyrgios battle at Laver Cup
Sept. 21, 2019
Rafael Nadal had strapping on his left wrist on Friday as he watched on at the Laver Cup.
Rafael Nadal appears to have given Team Europe a major boost after he appeared without strapping on his left wrist.
Nadal was not selected to play for Europe on Friday against Team World but was a supportive figure from the sidelines for his team-mates.
But as he watched during the doubles match between Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev versus Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov, television camera captured Nadal with strapping on his left hand.
And the tape had not been there earlier in the day when Nadal was watching.
Broadcaster Mark Petchey spoke to Nadal from the bench and the Spaniard revealed he was dealing with an issue.
He said: “Hopefully not. Let’s see tomorrow how things go. After New York, the body always feels down a little bit.
“Some issues can happen but here I am. I’m trying hard to be ready for when the team need me.
“Let’s see. All of the matches are very difficult. If I am not at 100 per cent, there is another player. But I am confident I can help.”
At the end of the day’s play, the schedule for Saturday was announced and Nadal selected twice to play in the night session.
Nadal will face Milos Raonic in the singles then after a break will team up with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the doubles against Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock.
But after those concerns on Friday, Nadal came out for Europe with no strapping on his left hand and as it stands, the 33-year-old is set to play later in the day.
Should Nadal pull out, his place is likely to be taken by compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut.
Meanwhile, former Australian player Pat Cash was critical of the Laver Cup and its ‘exhibition tennis feel’.
The 1987 Wimbledon champion tweeted: “Nice touch to bring the ladies in to this glamorous event.
“Huge appearance money and Team World with a top ranked player at only 20 does give it an exhibition tennis feel.”
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