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Wimbledon hires Saj Afzal as podiatrist for 2022 championships

24 Jun 2022

The London Clinic’s Consultant Podiatrist, Mr Saj Afzal, has joined The Championships, Wimbledon 2022, to support the athletes on foot and gait related issues.

mr saj afzal at wimbledonAs well as marking the 100th year of Centre Court, this year’s tournament is the first to go ahead at 100% capacity since pre-Covid.

The London Clinic is therefore thrilled to be represented by Saj in supporting athletes at this special event.

As a member of British Athletics and a leading expert in the full range of foot and gait related issues, including sports injuries, biomechanics and gait analysis, Saj was approached by both the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) for the job.

Saj has already been on-site throughout the entirety of the qualifying competition, which took place earlier in June, and will now journey with the players to Wimbledon. He will be stationed at the grounds to help players from the day the gates open right through to the final match (27 June-10 July).

Saj comments: “It was an honour to be approached to be a part of this year’s championships. Each year, Wimbledon becomes home to some of the world's best athletes and it’s a real privilege to help keep them fighting fit.

“I’ll be on-site throughout the championships and I’m expecting to see many patients on all sorts of conditions, from blisters and nail and skin issues, through to biomechanics, gait analysis and custom orthotics [in-soles]. It’s sure to be a high-intensity week, with some excellent tennis to boot.

“While Wimbledon is celebrating its 100th year of Centre Court, The London Clinic is celebrating its 90th anniversary. And with more people able to attend, this year seemed all the more perfect a fit.”

Saj is the resident, full-time Podiatrist at The London Clinic with over 34 years of clinical expertise. He uses the latest video analysis for gait and biomechanical assessment of feet, legs and the spine, including EOS scans, MRI and x-rays.

He is also a diabetic specialist and a consultant to elite sportspeople, including for professional footballers and Team GB athletes.

Find out more or book an appointment with Saj.

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