Rafael Nadal turned down the wild card he was offered for the ATP 500 in Dubai, scheduled for next week. He announced it himself on Twitter, specifying how he does not feel ready to resume playing. “I had seriously thought of accepting the invitation – he chirps – for which I particularly thank the director of the tournament, Salah Talak, who with great efforts is ensuring the smooth arrival of the players in Dubai in this period of pandemic”. The hope of seeing him back on the pitch is now projected on Miami, the first Masters 1000 of the season which will start from 24 March with the possibility of seeing the three big names all together. On that date – according to the latest update on the ranking calculation mechanisms – he will find himself overtaken by Daniil Medvedev as the number two in the world. However, this does not seem to be his greatest concern at the moment. ACCIACCHI – The Majorcan has been living since the beginning of the year with some too much trouble in his back that occurred at the ATP Cup. The path to the Australian Open, convincing up to the second round, however, got stuck with the comeback suffered by Stefanos Tsitsipas . On that occasion, complimenting the Greek, he did not want to bring up his state of form as an alibi. Exercise of style, because clearly, without a preparation match behind him, he had not presented himself in Melbourne in the best way. In recent weeks, cancellations from Rotterdam and Acapulco have arrived, where he will not go to defend the title. “In Australia we had found a temporary solution – he declared on February 25th – which allowed me to play painlessly during the second week of the tournament. When I returned to Spain I was examined by my doctor and, in agreement with my team, we decided to stop.” In a recent interview with GQ, the 34-year-old revealed the ten most essential things for him. He also explained why he uses only a small grip on his hand.
Rafael Nadal talks about his racquet and playing with a small grip
During the interview, Rafael Nadal removed his racquet from his bag, and he realized he only had one racquet left in the bag. He explained that all the other racquets are on the stringer because he will play tennis the next day. I have only one racket inside. Because I am playing tomorrow, all the racquets are on the stringer, getting ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. Furthermore, the 20-time Grand Slam champion joked that he does not need more than one racquet, anyway. “I don’t need more; I am not breaking racquets,” the Spaniard laughed.