Rafael Nadal is ready to come back, after the forced withdrawal from the Championships and the precautionary forfeit from the 1000 in Montreal, the Spanish champion is ready for Cincinnati and above all for the US Open where he will go hunting for the 23rd Grand Slam seal.
During the first, long, press conference, in addition to issue number one, he also focused on the possible opponent in the second round and on Serena Williams, who will hang up the racket right after the New York Grand Slam.
Rafa explained: “At the beginning it will be complicated, but it is normal, we have to accept the difficulties. At these levels if you come back after a rather long period of time and an injury it is not always easy to find the rhythm.
The level is very high and I hope to be ready for Wednesday.” Nadal won a single edition of the Western & Southern Open, in 2013, and has not played the tournament in Ohio in five years: “Of course it’s always nice to come back here.
I still have a little problem with my abdomen, but I hope to be able to manage it. This is a fairly delicate area, especially when I am serving, because I carry all the weight there. I’m trying to get to know my body more every day, including its limits.
I can’t wait to play again because up to now 2022 has been a year full of satisfactions.”
Rafael Nadal: “I still have a little problem”
Nadal obviously spent a few words for Serena Williams, who announced her retirement at the end of the US Open.
Cincinnati will be the penultimate catwalk of the extraordinary career of the American champion. He told about the US star: “I have a lot of memories. I think she is also one of the most extraordinary athletes in the history of sport.
I feel lucky to have been able to share such a long period of time with her on the circuit. Selfishly I’m sorry for her retirement because she won’t be around anymore, on the other hand we just have to thank her for everything she did for our sport.
If she deserves it. She has been an inspiration for generations around the world and she deserves to make the best choice for her life.”