- What next for Roger and Rafa? | by Steve Tignor ~ Wimbledon
How many times have Roger or Rafa failed to give their best in any match, at any event? It’s hard to remember it ever happening. They’re never afraid to put it on the line and compete.
As these two competitors make their slow fades from the game, they’ll be replaced by a new generation. So far it is led by Kyrgios, who says he doesn’t really like playing tennis, and Dominic Thiem, who so far plays way too much tennis. Both could benefit from watching Nadal and Federer in action a little longer. Even if they can’t learn anything from how they go about their business and their lives, the rest of us can. Roger and Rafa have done more than enough for tennis, but their work isn’t done yet.
While neither Federer nor Nadal will be in the Top 5 next week, Djokovic suspects that they’re not done yet.
“It’s kind of expected to have some new faces in this sport,” the 12-time Grand Slam champion said, “but I still wouldn’t rule out Roger and Rafa, and I would not take them out of that context of the best players in the world.”
The passing of time — and injuries — can take a heavy toll on athletes but that said, tennis fans likely still did a double take Monday when they glanced at the men’s rankings.
For the first time since 2003, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — titans of the game who hold a combined 31 majors — are outside the top four. Nadal sits at fifth, with Federer seventh.
They’ve each been outside the top four previously but never in tandem since the last week in June 2003, when Federer held down the No. 5 spot and a teenage Nadal was 76th. Back then they weren’t grand slam champions.
- Simon Solbas, Student At Rafa Nadal Academy By Movistar | Rafa Nadal Academy
“Rafa told me some techniques and tips, for volleying especially, because of course at first I was nervous and did not know exactly what to do in an exhibition match whether to play all out or not, I did not have a clear idea. You feel like: What am I doing here in the middle of all this?
And Rafa helped me, especially at first to overcome the nerves and the truth is I think it went pretty well.”
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- Rafa Plays Tennis With Adorable 3-Year-Old Fan
If you haven't seen this yet… it's worth watching over and over again! ❤👍😃🎾 @rafaelnadal #Repost @happyslamtennis ・・・ Warning, your heart is about to melt! Long time #Happy Slammer @davidlax_ shared with us his family's story about how this adorable 3 years Rafa fan ended hitting with his idol. Check out our blog at HappySlamTennis.me or by clicking the link in our bio to see all the pics and read all about it. (And yes we do believe that is Uncle Toni in the background telling David that his son is "brilliant"). #RafaNadal #VamosRafa #Nadal #RafaNadalAcademy #HappySlamTennis #Blog #🎾 (📽: @ Thanks to @davidlax_ and his adorable family)