‘That is why children want to be like Rafael Nadal’, says legend

Rafael Nadal has one goal: to be able to return to the competition safely. After a second part of the season with almost no activity due to a relapse of his Müller-Weiss Syndrome injury in his left foot, the Spaniard plans to return to the circuit at the end-of-year exhibition in Abu Dhabi and then face the start of 2022 with the Australian tour. For that he is preparing every day and intensifies the work in the final period of the work. Although in the meantime he takes advantage of the time without tournaments to attend talks and, in that sense, he virtually attended Marca Sport Weekend, where he contributed concepts about vaccination and his most complex moments in tennis. The Australian government requires tennis players who want to play the Australian Open to have the complete schedule of vaccination against Covid-19. In fact, they do not care about the last name in question since the rules are clear to everyone equally. Otherwise, they must go through a strict two-week quarantine. This is the opinion of the Balearic Islands on the subject: “I understand those who do not want to be vaccinated, but they seem a bit selfish to me. We have suffered a lot. We do not know 100% the effects, but we do have to trust the doctors.” Beyond being a natural winner, having lifted 20 Grand Slam titles and never stopping to conquer tournaments throughout his career, not all matches ended in victory. Not all developments were favorable all the time. So much so that many times he had to column towards the comeback. “When things go wrong, he analyzed why and I try to find solutions. As much as people think that I always have confidence, it is not like that, when things go wrong, I see it very black many times. But this is the essence of the sport and one continues fighting.”

Billie Jean King on Rafa Nadal

In a recent interview with AS, Billie Jean King spoke about a number of topics, including the domination of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and which member of the Big 3 she likes the most. “They are all three different. I adore Nadal,” the 39-time Slam champion told AS. “Ilana (Kloss) and I met him when he must have been 14 or 15 years old, in South Africa. I don’t think he remembers, but we do, because they said he was the child with the greatest potential. So we went and we looked at him and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy is so good.’ So I love watching him play. What I like the most about him is how much he respects tennis and how he gets angry when other players don’t respect him. That is why children want to be like him more than others when asked and they say that Nadal is their favorite,” she added. “In that, he is number one.”

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