Rafa Roundup: Nadal’s Honest Talk About Starting a Family

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I’m lucky enough to receive so much love and support from so many people. Sometimes this is more important than winning. When I’m injured, people always ask me what I miss most about tennis: it’s this feeling of going out on court, seeing the fans that want to see you, fans who want to support you wherever it is in the world. It’s a difficult feeling to explain, but it gives me great personal satisfaction. It suggests that you’ve done well on and off court with good behaviour. The personal side is always more important than the professional side.

To be honest, at this stage of my life I didn’t think I’d still be playing tennis. I was told because of my style I wouldn’t have a very long career. I believed what I was told, so I thought that by now I’d be retired and starting a family. The thing is that I’ve always thought it’s best to have kids when you have a more stable way of life than I’ve had during my playing years. But time is moving on and anything can happen.

But Nadal’s success is hardly limited to one surface. In addition to a 2010 Wimbledon crown, he’s also the most successful player of the decade at the US Open with four titles (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019). The Spaniard’s maiden victory in New York made him the first man to win Grand Slam crowns on clay, grass and hard courts in the same year.

The Spaniard experienced frequent injuries this season and throughout his career. Though the 33-year-old is aware he’s closing in on the record, Nadal’s attention is first and foremost with his fitness and his game.

“I have to do my things the best way possible and then to just give myself chances to keep being competitive at the highest level possible,” he told press at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

“So if that happens, great, if not, I just gave my best all my career to be in the position that I am today. And obviously of course, increas[ing] the number of 20, or tying 20, [would] be something amazing, but I cannot complain at all. I’m super happy [with] the way I am having my tennis career, I gave my best all the time and I’m proud about the way I worked and the way I enjoyed the tennis during all these years.”

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23 comments

  1. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
    I really started watching tennis after I watched you beat Roger in England for the first time.
    So you have always been my No 1.

  2. Have watched tennis since my early teens and I have never seen anyone like Rafa! He has given me so much joy, he is such a fighter! I adore him, for his fight, for his attitude on and off court. Vamos Rafa

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy New year. Thank you for such an outstanding 2019. Your straightforward approach is successful for you, and we always appreciate your honesty, respect, and all out effort. I was not an avid tennis fan until I saw you play the game, and saw such inspired effort.
    Your dedication is amazing, and your loyalty to fans is unparalleled. Have a wonderful holiday season-we look forward to seeing you on court.👏🤛🤛💪🎾❤️

    • Me too. I was not into tennis too much,before I saw Rafa. The passion, the talent, the intensity, the integrity…omg..I love everything about this man. So proud to be Rafan,enjoying every year when he is playing and still winning. My biggest wish is a very overdue second AO…20 GS.

      • I did love and enjoy tennis before Rafa, but now since Rafa came on the scene I love it with a passion, especially when he is playing. I will stay up all night just to watch him play live rather than taped game. Praying real hard that 2020 is an amazing year for him and his beautiful wife and family. Love you Rafa and a BIG THANKYOU for all the pleasure you give us your fans both on and off court. God bless.

  4. An enormous fan of Rafa. Your endurance and faith especially when you are facing difficult moments on the court is truly amazing. Qualities I try to instill in my students especially when they are doing exams. Have an awesome 2020. Health and continued success to you and your beautiful wife. Carolyn from Trinidad.

  5. Rafa, Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year. I look forward to seeing you play well in the coming year. Please stay Healthy and Happy and keep enjoying playing tennis. While you are enjoying playing tennis you are making so many people happy watching you. It’s contagious and so powerful a feeling to see you out there doing your best and making those amazing shots. Best of the New Year to you and your family
    your fan forever
    Kathie

  6. Merry Christmas with your wife and family.enjoy every moment and try not to think about tennis for a little while. Give yourself a break to enjoy yourself completely without stress and worry. The NewYear is going to be wonderful, I can feel it!,,,

  7. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a successful year for 2020 we are looking forward to seeing you at the Australian Open.

  8. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to both you Maria and your entire family. I have enjoyed your magical tennis the entire 2019 and look forward to the same in 2020.

  9. Love Rafa’s “aktitude” as he used to say. The joy is in the work done, if you win, great, if not, you gave your best. The true joys of Rafa’s life are in family and friends, work well done and others helped.Wonderful, inspirational man.

    Bon Nadal, everyone!

  10. FELIZ NAVIDAD!!! para ti y toda tu familia, disfruta estos dias con ellos que luego vienen ausencias d estar con ellos por tu carrera tenistica…

    • Merry Christmas to you and your wife and all family. Be well and stay safe throughout-many more years. A fan from Arkansas!

  11. You have a wonderful heart to say everything so genuine besides any kind of situation which I am more admiring from you on and off the court. You are really amazing person on and off the court. Thanks for making young people realize how much important that to grow up in their career. Wish you healthy and merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Please rest for the Australian Open. I am hoping for a little Rafa Or Maria in 2020 too. You are going to make great parents. ❤️

  13. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVE YOUR BRIGHT INTELLIGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR PRIME FOCUS ON WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) POINT BY POINT YOUR GIFTED STRIDE FORWARD IS FILLED WITH SOLID AND SOUND THRIVING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR MAGICAL POWERFUL TENNIS HAS A VERY SPECIAL AND PROFOUND IMPORTANCE IN TENNIS HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 GOAT OF ALL GOATS!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    WI……..WI……..WI……AND CI……..CI……..CI……. YOUR ELECTRIFYING PASSION AND MAGNETIC INSTINCTUAL DRIVE ARE BEYOND SPECIAL SWEETHEART AND AN ENORMOUS PLEASURE FOR MILLIONS TENNIS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU ARE THE BELOVED TENNIS GENIUS PLAYER WE ALL STAY UP AT DAWN AND ALL ODD HOURS OF THE NIGHT TO WATCH YOUR LIVE MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL APPEAL IS ENORMOUS SWEETHEART AND WE ALL ADMIRE YOUR CLASSY WORLDLY ATTITUDE AND KINDNESS. LOVE HOW YOU ARE EARNING EACH TROPHY, EACH TITLE, EACH VICTORY WITH YOUR GIFTED GENUINE ABILITY AND EFFORTS!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR WISDOM AND STRENGTH ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONALLY IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!:) YOU HAVE MANY BLESSED OPEN DOORS AND AMPLE TENNIS OPPERTUNITY AHEAD TO KEEP ON STRIDING AND CONTINUE TOUR MAGICAL RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    VAMOS SWEETHEART MOVING FORWARD AND ENJOYING LOTS OF FUN!!!!!!!!!!:) ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY SEASON WITH YOUR LOVED ONES AND A BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION OF ALL YOUR PRECIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS AND SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXO

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