“On a perfect day…” Rafael Nadal talks about his notion of leisure and a perfect furlough away from tennis

Rafael Nadal is still far from putting down his racquet, but he has described what a perfect day would look like for him.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal in Rome

This year, Rafael Nadal has been phenomenal, winning three titles, including his 21st Grand Slam in Australia. He looked in the perfect shape for the clay season, but a rib injury before the beginning of the season sidelined Rafa from most of the season. He returned to the Mutua Madrid Open, where he lost to his young compatriot and the eventual winner, Carlos Alcaraz, in the quarterfinals. Denis Shapovalov then ousted him in the Italian Open, courtesy of Rafa’s chronic foot pain, which made a shocking appearance. 

Though Rafa is back for the Roland-Garros, the uncertainty of the foot pain returning is weighing the fans down, and they don’t want the legend to retire early due to this situation. The fans would hope for Rafa to light up the stadiums again with his spectacular performances in the Phillipe-Chartier.

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Rafael Nadal has already planned his perfect retirement routine

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Rafael Nadal at the Roland-Garros

 In an interview with VICE, Rafael Nadal talked about his past time on a vacation or just a perfect day in general for him. He said: 

“On my perfect day, I wake up in the morning, I play a bit of golf, I have lunch with friends, I spend time with my family,” he said. “Even better if it’s on the boat or we sleep on the beach. I do like to go to the sea regardless of the weather, I like to go in the winter too. There are fewer people, and the bottom of the sea is also beautiful in the winter, even more so than in the summer. The colors are greener, brighter and I really love it. My favorite food has always been seafood,” Nadal said. “If we go out to eat, we usually go to Sa Punta. It’s difficult to find a better place when it comes to the view, peace and quiet. I often play golf,” he said. “When I’m here, I try to come here at least twice a week. You don’t need to love golf. Just being here is enough to love it.”

For now, Rafa will compete in the French Open 2022 and would like to prove that he is still the beast he was on the clay, at least for some more time.

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