‘Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open despite…’, says ATP legend

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Last Friday, July 8, Rafael Nadal should have played the Wimbledon semifinals, but he did not get to do so because the day before he announced his withdrawal from the third Grand Slam of the season. An abdominal injury was responsible for his withdrawal.

Before his match against Nick Kyrgios and after signing an epic victory against Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals, the Spaniard announced at a press conference that he was not available to compete. “Today I have confirmed that I have a tear in the abdominal.

All day I have thought about the decision, but I think there is no point in continuing. Although I have tried throughout my career to continue in difficult circumstances, it is obvious that if I continue the injury will get worse.

I feel sad to have to say this”, he confessed then. Twenty days after the decision, Nadal returned to training this week at home. Specifically, at his structure in Manacor (Mallorca), where he tests himself to be able to compete again on the American hard court tour.

The next scheduled ATP Tour stop on Nadal’s calendar is set for the ATP Masters 1000 in Canada, which will take place from August 7-14. An event in which the best in the world will be present and it will be ideal to measure the recovery of Spanish.

The Spaniard is the player who has won the most titles this season —along with Carlos Alcaraz— with a total of four crowns and registers a match record of 35-5. These numbers allow him to lead the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin as No.

1 of the year.

Rafael Nadal

McEnroe praises Rafa Nadal

While the documentary on John McEnroe has been out for a few days in British and Irish cinemas, the Tennis365 site, which was able to watch this film, selected an extract in which we see the stormy left-hander return to the birth of his first child while that he was 27 and at the top of his game.

“It should be everyone’s biggest goal to be a good parent. If you are a parent, if you decide to bring children into the world, even when I was 27, I had my first son, I felt like: Did I always want to be the best player in the game? world ? Yes, did I aspire to be and want to improve? Well, I took time off to improve, you know, Rafael Nadal took six months off and won the Australian Open.

I took six months off and lost in the first round of the US Open. It was the only year I lost the first round. I won’t go into the details of what happened, but for a combination of reasons, I wasn’t even ready to come back.

But having said that, you know, I had two children, one at 27 and one at 28. What am I supposed to do? ‘Telling my wife ‘Oh, okay, take care of the kids, do I have to go take care of this situation with my ranking?’ No, no, I was trying to do both to the best of my ability. But the first priority for me should be my kids, you know, or not having them.”

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