Rafa Roundup: “If kids come, then there’ll be a change,” says Nadal



“I feel very sorry for all of them but when we came here, we knew that the measures were going to be strict because we knew that the country is doing great with the pandemic,” Nadal told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“It’s normal to complain […] but on the other hand you see how many are dying around the world. You see how many people are losing their father, their mum, without having the chance to say goodbye.

… “If kids come, then there’ll be a change,” he said when asked whether married life has changed anything on tour.

“[It’s] something that probably will happen in the future because both of us want it.”

The teenager posted an image of himself reading the autobiography of his better-known compatriot Rafael Nadal on social media on Saturday evening – not a bad source of inspiration on the eve of his Grand Slam debut.

“Rafa is my idol,” Alcaraz admitted. “His hunger, his attitude. It doesn’t matter if he plays a first match or a final, his level of concentration is the same. He wants to win every match.

“His mentality is an example for anyone, a tennis player or any person. He motivates everyone because he never surrenders. Everyone wants to be the best, no matter if you´re an athlete, a football player, a doctor, a journalist… everyone has an objective in life.”


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  1. Have watched the interview twice and no question was asked about married life nor did he say anything about having kids. Wondering where those quotes listed above came from?

    • Same, I didn’t didn’t see/ hear that question either and thought it was odd to see it used as a title here. Sadly RNF titles their posts with headline-friendly or at times clickbait phrases nowadays. I guess if it pays the bills we can stay and talk about Rafa, but I think his personal life is off-bounds unless there’s a public statement quoted verbatim.

    • Pauline I was just getting ready to ask where that quote is from. Does anyone know? The quote suggests it’s part of the interview but it’s not unless it was cut out.

      What I did find surprising about the CNN interview was Rafa’s response to Christiane’s question about his post-tennis life. All he talked about was his foundation, the academy and tennis clubs worldwide. He never mentioned possibly being busy with a baby. I did find that odd, however, for all I know Mary could be pregnant but they are keeping mum to avoid unwanted publicity.

      Also in the interview Rafa doesn’t show any sign of retiring. He said he loves what he’s doing.

      He’s got me confused for sure.

      • It would be very strange wouldn’t it Margo for only those couple of comments to have been cut out of the interview. Makes no sense.

        Yes I imagine most players would have mentioned expecting to be busy with their families after retirement but Rafa doesn’t feel so inclined for some particular reason. He still talks as if he is a single man always saying I instead of we in regard to his activities.

        As for Mery possibly being pregnant it isn’t visible in her photo this week in Madrid where they’re opening a new Fundacion office.

        Awaiting RNF’s reply to your question.

      • Yes Pauline, it would be strange if that part was cut out. But Rafa may have stipulated that its release was contingent on his approval. Was it prerecorded?

        That’s the end for me on this subject. As far as I know and believe is that Rafa and Mary are happily married.

      • Pauline, I don’t know how to do the link thingee. I found it by googling:

        Rafa Nadal if kids come then there will be a change

        that will bring up a list of where the quote appeared

  2. Less than 8 hours til Rafa is back. The Adelaide exho is on Eurosport and I’m working from home tomorrow 👍🏻 Vamos! Also, happy end-of-quarantine day to all the players, best of luck to all.

  3. I really hope Nadal gets some sweet kids to pass his good attitude. He deserves it. It sould be a nice reason for dialing down a little and transitioning into the next part of life. Though we dont like it, he cant go on for ever :-). I hope he will have a great and long life after pro-tennis.

  4. Love our Rafa! Why is common sense so uncommon? Maybe it takes a really charismatic superstar to “sell” it?

  5. Rafael Nadal knows how to fight and how to win. He plays with ferocity and passion, but always respect. He writes that to win requires suffering. However, he does not complain or gloat as it is a sport, a game. Tennis has afforded him an enviable life, but it is not bigger than life. Rafa on court will provide a welcome respite after a chaotic year. The world continues to suffer and struggle. Christiane Amanpour is a respected journalist-great to see her interview Rafa. Thank you to Rafael Nadal for his generous work off court to aid his fellow man🙏🎾❤️

    • Aaaaaah!!! I’m so grateful to be able to see some tennis. What a treat for the public and players alike.

  6. It was a super interview, Rafa demonstrated his grounded and balanced attitude to the game he loves but does not dominate him. His attitude to tennis and his life are in perspective. He is so philosophical and wise. Christiane Amanpour is a very good interviewer and they had a good connection. Rafa is fun too. What a role model he is.🇪🇸🌟

  7. I think Rafa is right. Players must comply with the rules of the host country, who need to protect their citizens. I’m sure the quarantine conditions aren’t easy, but Rafa has put it into perspective. People round the world are struggling in even harder circumstances.
    I just admire his way of dealing with situations in a practical, common sense way.

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