- Rafael Nadal tribute shared by Ash Barty after retirement as Spaniard ‘amazing for tennis’ | express.co.uk
“I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level any more. I am spent,” she told good friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua in her retirement interview video. The following day the 15-time title winner elaborated on her decision in a press conference and took a moment to praise Rafael Nadal for his ability to stay motivated.
“You think of Rafael Nadal as someone whose longevity in the sport has been undeniable,” the recent Aussie Open champion said. “He’s been amazing for the sport of tennis. For me as a fan to see him do that over such an extended period has been a pleasure.” But it was never going to be the same for Barty, whose coach admitted he knew the 25-year-old wouldn’t be chasing endless Grand Slam wins lke the Spaniard.
- I am confident Rafael Nadal can recover in time for the Barcelona Open: David Ferrer | sportskeeda.com
In a recent interview with AS.com, David Ferrer spoke about the possibility of Rafael Nadal playing at the 2022 Barcelona Open.
David Ferrer, the new tournament director of the Barcelona Open, said he was confident Rafael Nadal could recover from his rib injury in time to defend his title at the ATP 500 event.
“I am calm, really. I think Rafa has time to recover before the gravel tour,” said Ferrer.
- Emma Raducanu pays Rafael Nadal tribute as early exit struggles continue at Miami Open | express.co.uk
With the Spaniard absent in Miami, Raducanu paid a subtle tribute to him and hinted that she was a Nadal fan by adoring his bull-logo cap. Speaking in her post-match press conference, she admitted it was tough to lose the three-hour battle with the world No 53. “I mean, it was a long match. Very long rallies. I thought that she played really good. There was some good tennis on both sides, to be honest, but yeah, obviously it sucks to lose that one,” she said.
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