Toni Nadal gives a WORRYING update on Rafael Nadal’s participation at the French Open
Uncle Toni reveals Rafael Nadal's ultimate goal at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal (Credits: Twitter)
Toni Nadal recently gave an interview to TVE where he discussed the progress of his nephew Rafael Nadal‘s recovery from an injury to the iliopsoas muscle of his left leg that he sustained during the Australian Open. Toni Nadal is currently in Madrid to assist Felix Auger-Aliassime in his preparation for the Mutua Madrid Open. The interview shed light on Rafael Nadal’s current condition and how he is progressing with his recovery.
According to the given information, Rafael Nadal declared on Thursday that he won’t be able to participate in the Madrid Masters 1000 due to his persistent discomfort, which is requiring him to seek alternative treatment. Despite this setback, Nadal’s coach, Toni Nadal, is hopeful that the tennis player will make a speedy recovery and return to the court soon.
Even though Nadal is disappointed about missing the tournament that excites him the most, he is aiming to compete in the TMS in Rome next month. Toni Nadal expressed his disappointment by saying that “This is one of the tournaments that makes him play the most excited, but we will have to wait for another year.“
Toni Nadal admits that their main objective is to perform well in the Roland Garros tournament. He believes that if Rafael can make it to the second week, he will be one of the strong contenders for the title. However, he also acknowledges that Rafael’s preparation for the tournament is not ideal due to his recent absence from the court.
Toni is hopeful that Rafael will perform well despite the lack of preparation and added that the tournament draw plays a significant role in a player’s success. “If you’re fortunate enough to have an easy draw in the early rounds, anything can happen,” he said.
Carlos Alcaraz hopes Rafael Nadal continues playing for a long time
Carlos Alcaraz, the second-ranked player in the world, expressed his desire for Rafael Nadal to continue playing for an extended period. Alcaraz, who recently won the Barcelona Open by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, spoke about his comparisons to Nadal, stating that he is not attempting to replace anyone but rather create his own legacy. Alcaraz expressed his hope that the 22-time Grand Slam champion, who is 36 years old, will continue to play for a long time.
“As I’ve always said on more than one occasion, I don’t want to take over from anyone. It is a pity that we have not been able to enjoy Rafa these last two years. Let’s hope he continues playing for a long time and we can enjoy his tennis, but obviously, we’re not here to take over from anyone, but to build our own history,” said Alcaraz.
In a recent interview, Carlos Alcaraz, the world’s second-ranked player, shared his thoughts on his upcoming participation in the Madrid Open. He mentioned that he does not consider not winning the tournament as a failure, as his main focus is on his performance level. Alcaraz is determined to maintain his outstanding form, having won the Barcelona Open without losing a set.
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