Rafa Roundup: “My parents treat me the same as my sister,” says Nadal

Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open
Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open


“They (Rafa’s parents) are not scared about saying to me, ‘You are doing that badly, you are not right with that,’ ” he said. “Sometimes the teams around the big stars of sport … are scared to say things to the star, to the player. That didn’t happen with me, and that helps. “…Sometimes I am not the most organized person in the world, and my mom is not happy. And it’s good. They treat me the same as my sister. That’s important.” “Today I (pay) 100 percent attention on the court, every time, every practice, every match. But at the same time, I didn’t lose anything in my life.”

Doubles play kicked off on Friday in Indian Wells as World No. 3 Rafael Nadal partnered with compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta to defeat Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-2, 6-1 in the first round on Stadium 1. The all-Spanish tandem faced no break points in the 52-minute win. Nadal, who is a three-time BNP Paribas Open singles champion, is the last Top 10 player to capture the doubles title here. He has won 14 of his past 15 doubles matches in the desert, and teamed with countryman Marc Lopez to claim the title in 2010 and ’12.

Master 1.000 de la temporada, donde el español deberá superar otra prueba de fuego a fin de calibrar su actual estado físico. Debutará el domingo ante el neerlandés Igor Sijsling, quien ha vencido en la primera ronda al serbio Filip Krajinovic.

Santiago Giraldo: “Para mí el mejor de la historia, y para mi de casi todos los deportes porque no puedo hablar por todas las disciplinas, es Rafa Nadal. Aúna muchas virtudes de lo que es un jugador fuerte desde el punto de vista psicológico. Tiene una cabeza muy buena, me parece un luchador impresionante. No se rinde, va punto a punto. Es positivo. Tiene muy pocos gestos de negatividad. Todo eso le hace ser muy competitivo. Es increíble. En ese sentido, creo que es con diferencia el mejor tenista y seguramente también uno de los mejores deportistas.”

PHOTOS: Nadal and Carreno Busta successful in the first round of doubles

Rafael Nadal and Joao Sousa (Photo: @joaosousa30)
Rafael Nadal and Joao Sousa (Photo: @joaosousa30)


Rafa: “Every year there is something new and something better, which is just great and for sure the tournament deserves and he [Larry Ellison] deserves to be named the best tournament.”


  1. Rafa embraces challenges in life graciously also because of the closed knitted family. He stays with family until today is not easy for a star like him, just look at the other top players. Love him even more!

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