- “I was one of those who said he can’t play as hard as he does, but what he is doing right now is just crazy”- Andy Roddick on Rafael Nadal | sportskeeda.com
“I don’t know how to predict that, I don’t know how to predict health,” Roddick said. “I was one of the guys who said there’s no way Rafa can play as hard and as physical as he does and last past 30. So dummy me he’s still winning slams this year he’s at 22 now.”
“It’s certainly weird when real life kind of infringes on our little tennis bubble,” Roddick said. “You know it’s crazy what Rafa’s doing right now with maybe like one foot and and you know limping to 14 Roland Garros titles just it’s just crazy.”
Arthur Delaye, who has worked at Roland Garros since 2018, took to social media to announce that the video showing Nadal greeting staff at Wimbledon is exactly how he always is: a class act on and off the court.
“As worker in Roland Garros since 2018 I can say that Rafa is always so kind with the staff and he takes time to greet every single person at the end of the tournament,” tweeted Delaye.
“I love Rafa Nadal because he is a great fighter on court and the definition of humility off court.”
- Rory McIlroy talks maintaining his love for golf, St. Andrews, Tiger Woods and his softened LIV Golf stance | CBS Sports
We’ve talked about how you’ve taken away a lot from other sportsmen like Federer and Rafael Nadal, and I’m curious about — specifically with those two guys — what you’ve taken away from them that you’ve applied to your own career that’s been meaningful?
McILROY: “In my mind, I think I’m more Nadal than I am Federer. But I’m not. I just don’t have his grit and will. I don’t think anyone [does]. Roger, he just loves playing tennis. I think as I’ve gotten into the meat of my career — my 15th or 16th year on tour — I’ve really worked hard on making sure I still love the game of golf, and I don’t just see it as a job or a means to end. That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve tried to take out of what Roger has done. He’s had this unbelievably successful and long career, but at the end of the day, he still loves playing tennis. I think that’s really really important, and that’s one of the big things I’ve tried to take from him.”
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