Champion of Spain Rafael Nadal recently discussed tennis’s future after the retirement of the Big 3 (himself, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic) in an interview. In Nadal‘s opinion: “There is a generational shift in tennis, as there is in all sports.
Over time, smaller stars are overtaken by newer, more promising ones. It’s a totally ordinary procedure. Due to our longevity, we now have the upper hand, but I have no doubt that the tour will be in capable hands once we’ve retired.”
Respect for the 22-time Grand Slam winner’s indomitable spirit has always been widespread: “The human brain is a crucial component. As a child, I began training with my uncle Toni to develop my mental strength.
This ability of mine has been honed and refined as I have gotten older and advanced in my profession.” Before breaking a rib at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 in 2022, Nadal had won his first 20 matches of the year.
Rafa has practiced extensively for Montreal.
However, Rafa has already returned to training after having to withdraw from the Wimbledon semifinal due to a small tear in his abdominal muscle.
Despite this disappointment and the end of the “Calendar Grand Slam” dream, the Spanish player’s 2022 is still remarkable. Two major titles, at the Australian Open and the Roland Garros, cemented the former world number one’s status as a modern-day sporting icon.
The 36-year-old from Manacor has won 22 Grand Slam tournaments, putting him ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time list. While the Serbian’s seventh Wimbledon title brings him closer to a US Open appearance, he still won’t have much time to make the trip.
Since Rafa hasn’t played in New York since 2019, he has a fantastic chance of doing well there. The Iberian will play in the Masters 1000 in Montreal, Canada, before heading to New York for the season’s final Grand Slam.