In a press conference at the Mallorca Country Club on Friday, Rafael Nadal confirmed his intentions to take part in the upcoming Wimbledon Championships. Shortly after that, his outfit for the tournament was revealed on social media.
Nadal last played in the tournament in 2019, reaching the semifinals before losing to Roger Federer in four sets. He missed last year's tournament due to injury.
The 36-year-old said on Friday that he would travel to London on Monday, where he would continue his preparations.
"[The foot treatment that] was done in Barcelona is not a 100% immediate thing, but changes are noticeable," Nadal said. "I have noticed them, strange sensations, my joint pain has decreased. My intention is to play at Wimbledon, travel to London on Monday."
Nadal was also seen practicing in Mallorca before his press-conference took place. With there being a good chance of Nadal competing at Wimbledon, his all-white kit for the tournament has been released.
It is a standard all-white outfit, adhering to Wimbledon's strict color code, but bears Nike's signature cut that's been used for Nadal the last couple of years.
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon: How has he fared over the years?
Rafael Nadal's win percentage at Wimbledon is 81.5%. While excellent by normal standards, it is also his lowest among all Grand Slams.
After losing back-to-back finals in 2006 and 2007, the Spaniard beat Roger Federer the following year to win the grasscourt Major for the very first time.
He won the tournament for a second time in 2010, beating Tomas Berdych 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7 in the final. The year after that, Nadal reached the final again but lost to Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–1, 1–6, 6–3.
He did not reach another quarterfinal at Wimbledon until 2018, when he lost to Djokovic. The Spaniard reached the final four in 2019 as well but lost to Federer.
If Nadal competes in the tournament this year, he will be considered one of the favorites to win. The 36-year-old has had an impressive season so far, having won 30 out of 33 matches so far.
Nadal is in contention to complete a historic Calendar Slam, and winning Wimbledon would put him in pole position to do so. But he has a tough task ahead as the likes of Djokovic, Matteo Berrettini, Carlos Alcaraz and Hubert Hurkacz are also in contention for the title.