Flash Entertainment CEO John Lickrish revealed that he has a good relationship with Rafael Nadal and that the Spaniard once wanted to give him his Richard Mille watch. Nadal‘s jacket has been admired by Lickrish before, and he has even asked Flash Entertainment, owners of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, if he can have it.
Nadal was taken aback by the request, but it was the beginning of a fruitful friendship. Lickrish said to The National, “I’ve been doing this trick to him every year, try anyway.” I used his Richard Mille watch the last time.
I was like, ‘that’s a great watch’ and he was like, ‘yeah you know it’s super light’ I like I wish I had that one and he actually took it off and handed it to me (Lickrish didn’t take it). He would have taken the jacket for me if he had given it to me, really”.
Originally, the only women’s match at the 2019 Mubadala World Tennis Championships was set to be between Emma Raducanu and Belinda Bencic. For the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, Raducanu is out after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Lickrish revealed that the plan is to bring more women to the event in the future. “From the beginning we looked at it and thought, ‘how do we get women into the tournament?’ Several ideas have been discussed in-house, including the introduction of a women-only tournament “Says Lickrish.
“A merger of the two concepts has always seemed like the optimal solution to me. First and foremost, it is what we are doing with the resources we have and the help of some of our partners that is attracting women to our organization.
Neither originality nor corniness were goals of mine.
Rafa intends to continue being active
Speaking a bit more about the mental aspect of the sport during the interview, Rafael Nadal philosophized how players sometimes have to fight themselves in addition to their opponents as well.
“All elite sports are complicated and tennis especially being a one-on-one sport. The match is against an opponent who is sometimes better than you, or who is in better shape that day even if it is worse in theory. But the fight is also against oneself and that is a section that sometimes costs a lot.
We have seen it in many cases. It is there, though not only, that mental work is especially important,” he said. “Surely one day I will be an elite ex-athlete, but I will always be an athlete because sport is my passion and I will practice it whenever my body allows me.
And I will always be involved with the structure, which is a project that we started a few years ago and that is gaining more and more strength. I even hope to be able to devote more time to it than I do now since I continue to compete and travel the world,” he concluded.