Anyone who thought Rafael Nadal would lose his competitive edge after turning 30 can think again. The Spanish champion, fresh off a difficult 2021, made amends by beating the odds and winning the Australian Open at the start of 2022.
Rafa won a tournament where he had little success in the past (his lone win was in 2009), so this is truly a historic victory for him. Despite a broken rib and foot pain, he still managed to win his 14th trophy at Roland Garros and celebrate in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
With this victory, the 36-year-old from Manacor moved past Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer into sole possession of third place on the all-time list of Grand Slam champions. The Serbian’s victory at Wimbledon has cut the deficit, but he still won’t be able to make it to the US to play in the US Open.
Since Nadal has returned to training this week, he should be ready to play again in Montreal next week. The 22-time Grand Slam champion gave a lengthy interview to ‘Talento on board,’ in which he offered some straightforward but invaluable advice to the next generation of tennis players.
There will be a Rafa Nadal match in Montreal.
“My advice to young people is to take time for fun, work hard toward your goals, and cultivate positive relationships. That’s what we aim to do on a regular basis at the Rafa Nadal structure with the students there “reported Rafael Nadal.
The tennis star admitted that he did not have much time to spend with his loved ones when he was younger. Nonetheless, he made the most of every available opportunity. I’m not one to dole out advice, but if you want to be a professional or devote yourself fully to a cause, you have to prioritize that cause above all others.
So, he went on. The Spaniard continued, “My career has always been a priority, but that has not prevented me from going out with friends and enjoying myself, doing the things that a normal young person does, even though I have done them fewer times.”
John McEnroe has praised Rafa’s determination and fervor in the lead-up to the US Open. I’ve never met anyone like him, he remarked. He likened the athlete to tennis great Jimmy Connors. McEnroe remarked, “Until I saw Rafael Nadal, this is insane.” McEnroe was referring to Rafael Nadal’s level of effort. Jimmy Connors is a formidable opponent of McEnroe’s, having won eight grand slam titles and having been ranked No. 1 in the world at one point.