- “It seems to me that there are 2 or 3 sessions and Rafa will be delighted, he will live without pain for a while” – Francis Roig on Rafael Nadal’s foot injury treatment | sportskeeda.com
Former tennis player Francis Roig, who is part of Rafael Nadal’s coaching staff, gave an interview to Noticias. He spoke about cold conditions worsening his injury and the new treatment Nadal will need to try to ease the pain in his foot. Roig suggests that two or three sessions of the new treatment, a radio frequency ablation, will help him live pain-free for a while.
“Rafa’s problems worsen with the cold. But she (doctor) hopes the new pain relief treatment will work. We will have to wait. I think it’s 2 or 3 sessions and Rafa will be delighted, so will we. He will live painlessly for a while,” Roig said.
Roig also spoke about how the injury got worse during the pandemic due to lack of activity.
“We were locked up for a while and not exercising goes against him. Since then he has had more problems,” Roig continued.
- Rafael Nadal more ‘fun’ to watch than Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, says Mats Wilander after French Open | Eurosport
“The older I get, the more I enjoy watching him play,” the seven-time Grand Slam champion and Eurosport analyst told L’Equipe.
“We see that he trusts his variations more than when he was 22 or 23 years old. I find his tennis more fun than Roger’s or Novak’s. With Roger, everything seems easy. It’s simple and aesthetic. Rafa is different: his true personality arises when the racquet hits the ball. Of course, the beginning and the end of the motion are not as fluid as with Roger. But the contact with the ball is so pure, his touch on the ball is so extraordinary that I am blown away. I’ve always loved its intensity and emotional involvement. But before, there was a repetitive aspect to his game. We knew exactly how he was going to win the point. And we knew he would win 6-2 6-2 6-2. Now he creates uncertainty: what will he do on the next move? It’s like watching Federer when he was at his best. I no longer want to commentate on his matches, I just want to watch him play.”
- “He’s Hercules, he will go down as one of if not the greatest of the game and he’s still got more to come” – Craig Tiley on Rafael Nadal | sportskeeda.com
“I mean he’s Hercules! There’s just nothing else you can say about him, and I think he even surprises his own team. He will go down as one of if not the greatest of the game and he’s still got more to come,” Tiley said during the chat.
“So for him to do that and get through that draw, to win it and win it as convincingly as he did in the finals, is honestly remarkable,” Tiley said.
“Well interestingly while talking to Rafa’s team over the last couple of days, they’re just as surprised as the rest of us are, because never did Rafa himself think that,” said Tiley.
- Rafael Nadal surpasses Roger Federer in career prize money after 14th Roland Garros title | tennis.com
Rafael Nadal’s triumphant two weeks in Paris didn’t just earn him a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title or a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title—it also added 2.2 million Euros, or approximately $2.34 million, to his ever-growing career prize money total.
And with that new chunk of change, Nadal not only surpasses $130 million in career prize money, he also moves past Roger Federer for second place on the all-time list.
- Tennis Buzz: Should Court Philippe-Chartier be renamed to Court Rafa Nadal? | tenniscanada.com
To honor Rafa, Roland Garros erected this statue of him hitting his patented forehand at last year’s tournament. Ljubicic is saying; however, that the statue is not enough and perhaps the court where he’s had all this success should be named after him. Do you agree?
Of course, Nadal does already have a court named after him. Pista Rafa Nadal is the main show court at the Barcelona Open, an ATP 500 event in his native Spain that he has won on 12 occasions. The court was renamed in 2017 when he was a mere nine-time champion.
It’s unlikely the French Open would name their biggest court after a non-French player, but it certainly says something about his unprecedented greatness on Court Philippe-Chatrier that it could be considered.
Social media related to Rafa:
“Manacor City Council will install a sculpture in homage to the greatest Manacor tennis player of all time: @RafaelNadal. This has been decided by the spokespersons of all the municipal groups and the mayor @miquel_oliver, after the tennis player’s last historic victory.”