“Rafa can rest and take time off,” Chris Evert searches for positives in Rafael Nadal’s latest injury setback

In a recent interview, Chris Evert looked at the positive side of Rafa Nadal's injury.

Rafael Nadal and Chris Evert

Rafael Nadal is one of the stalwarts in not only tennis but in the world of sports. The Spaniard from Mallorca is often regarded among sporting greats. Such is the stature of the man who has suffered a lot in his career but yet stood up every time he was brought down. 

At 35, he recently won the Australian Open after returning from a serious foot injury to beat Daniil Medvedev in the finals. He has been in sensational form on tour aswell as he won the Acapulco Masters in Mexico where he defeated Britain’s Cam Norrie in the finals. He then followed it up with another great performance at the Indian Wells where he lost out in the finals against America’s Taylor Fritz.

Chris Evert finds positives in Rafa Nadal injury

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Tennis legend Chris Evert has explained why Rafael Nadal’s enforced time off due to injury is actually “a bonus” ahead of the French Open.

The 2022 Australian Open champion has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a cracked rib suffered during his defeat in the final against Taylor Fritz in the California desert at Indian Wells.

The time frame for his recovery will leave him with limited preparation time for the 2022 French Open as he looks to snatch back his long-standing crown from rival Novak Djokovic, but Evert believes there are still positives for him having a prolonged period of rest ahead of the tournament.

“I think with his record this year, he has lost one match so far,” Evert told Eurosport in a wide-ranging interview ahead of the French Open.

“I think any time Rafa can rest and take time off, I think is a bonus, is a positive for him. What comes into effect is the years and years and years before. It is not only what happened three or four weeks ago. Especially when you are playing Grand Slams, seven matches to win, and especially with how well the other men are playing. I think it is crucial that he is 100% healthy if he hopes to win the French Open,” added Evert.

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