In the first half of the season, Rafael Nadal shocked the tennis world. Following a lengthy layoff, the Spanish phenomenon returned to win both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. This solidified his status as a true tennis great.
By surpassing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam winners, the former world number one was able to put an end to retirement speculation. The 36-year-old Manacor native had to retire from the Wimbledon semi-finals due to an abdominal tear, but that didn’t diminish his impressive 2022 performance.
The veteran of the Iberian Peninsula has already resumed training and will return to Canada next month. The US Open, which he hasn’t competed in since 2019, is one of his primary objectives. Since Djokovic has not been vaccinated against the Coronavirus, he will not be able to travel to the United States, barring improbable last-minute changes.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner announced his impending fatherhood just before Wimbledon. Carlos Moya recently gave an interview to Eurosport Spain in which he attempted to calm Nadal‘s detractors.
Nadal is a subject of Carlos Moya’s contemplation.
Rafael Nadal‘s coach Carlos Moya brushed aside all topics in an interview with Eurosport Spain, including the Majorcan’s upcoming paternity and his extraordinary 14th coronation at Roland-Garros.
The Spanish mentor’s statement will bring relief to a lot of people. People retired between the ages of 30 and 32 to start families, and during my era, families rarely went on vacation together. More and more people are taking their kids along on their vacations.
Rather than being the deciding factor in his decision to retire, I believe this query will serve as an added incentive for him to continue working. He is devoted to his family and adores his children; his absence will be keenly felt at first.
The Spaniard recently discussed the dominance of the so-called “Big 3” in tennis with Talento a Bordo, referring to himself, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. Generational shifts are nothing new in tennis.
It is normal for great stars to be succeeded by others. Maybe what happened to us is that we’ve been around for a long time, but I have faith that the newcomers will eventually rise to power and supplant us, as Nadal put it.
There are many factors that contribute to success in competition, but mental toughness is among the most crucial. Since I was a kid, I’ve worked on developing my mental strength with the help of my uncle Toni, who is a psychologist. Then, “that work continued throughout my career, and the competition itself made it intensify and continue to evolve,” Nadal explained.