Spain’s Rafael Nadal said he is suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa’s syndrome but that he hopes to make a full recovery and is not worried about a further ranking drop after pulling out of the U.S. Open.
Hoffitis or Hoffa’s disease is an inflammation of an accumulation of fat that exists inside the rodillajusto behind the patellar tendon. The symptoms are pain in the front of the knee that increases walking and playing on the tendon.
The injury forced the world No. 3 to pull out of four tournaments in succession: the London Olympics, two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.
Nadal said: “At this point of my career (the ranking) is not the most important thing. Now the most important thing is to make a good recovery and right now my knee is not ready to compete in a Grand Slam; I’m going to try to recover as soon as possible to come back feeling strong, sure that I can compete and train the best that I know how” .
Nadal also said he does not know yet if he will be able to compete in semifinals Davis cup match against U.S. in september.
Nadal said that his current injury is not the same as it was in the past: “It’s something different and I think this is good because the tendons are very well recovered compared to how they were three years ago.”