Rafael Nadal: My family never allowed me to break a racket [VIDEO]

Rafael Nadal meets with the press after his 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(3) victory over Sebastian Korda at the BNP Paribas Open.

“The reason why I have been fighting during all my tennis career or I have the right self-control or I have the right attitude or fighting spirit during my whole tennis career is simple, because I grow with this kind of education. My uncle, my family, never allowed me to break a racquet, never allowed me to say bad words or threw or give up a match.”

“If I went on court and I create a circus or break a racquet or lose my control, my self-control, I will not be playing the next tournament, without a doubt. That’s probably why I have this mentality.”

Rafa speaks with Tennis Channel following his win in the second round of Indian Wells.

Match highlights: Rafa fights back to beat Sebastian Korda at Indian Wells to extend unbeaten run to 16 matches.


  1. What a man not sure how he does it, just outstanding – hope all “juniors” take note!!!!!

  2. Those family lessons resonate well on the court and off. It seems humility teaches you to keep reaching and improving. Self discipline and that will to win-you continue to amaze. Stay healthy-
    players like Korda want to learn from you. He has a good attitude and talent-said you “destroyed”
    him in practice👍👏💪🤛🥰🍀🎾❤️

  3. Does anyone listen to Gill Gross on YouTube? He’s a really good tennis analyst and I think his analysis of Rafa’s match against Korda is interesting and accurate.

  4. That’s because you don’t have to break a racket as it is the tool of your trade

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