- Nadal casts doubt on his Davis Cup future: “Let’s see if I am able to play again one day. I am not sure about it” | tennismajors.com
“If I am representing my country, I need to do it with the full passion, full confidence, and full spirit as I did in 2019 in Madrid. I don’t think this year I am able to be at that level of everything. The captain know that since months ago.”
And Nadal admitted that his days of playing in a Spain shirt for Davis Cup may be over.
“I don’t know what can happen in the future. As everybody knows, I am getting old (smiling). Even if I would like to be everywhere, I can’t, I simply cannot. Let’s see if I’m able to play again the Davis Cup one day. I am not sure about it. Of course, in my mind, would love to say good-bye from that beautiful competition playing. Let’s see what can happen in the future.”
- Rafael Nadal reacts to Novak Djokovic being allowed to compete at Australian Open after ‘big mess’ in 2022 | Eurosport
“I always said the same: tennis is better when the best players are on the court,” Nadal said at the ATP Finals in Turin.
“At the end, we don’t have to create many stories. Even if [it] was a big mess what happened last year in Australia, was not good for our sport. That was past. Roger [Federer] is not playing anymore. I missed a lot of Grand Slams for injuries. Last year Novak was not able to play there. That is [the] past. What is next is Novak will be able to play again. That’s the best news possible, especially knowing that now the virus is more under control – seems – around the world. So why not? Happy for him. Happy for the tournament. Happy for the fans. That’s it.”
Sterling as the first six months of 2022 have been, the second half of the year puts him back where he was a year ago, questioning his future and thinking about an exit strategy. He has committed to some exhibitions. The promoters are nervous. If he does play, they’ll double as stress tests for his body and mind and willingness to travel with a son at home. Because he won last year and honor demands you show up and try to defend, he’ll likely play Australia and Paris. But already he is talking about how events “could be my last.”
Where is Nadal? Essentially where he was this time last year, hard as that it to believe. His play will have to improve. His health will have to improve. He’ll go to Australia unsure when and where the end will come. I’m hopeful, but enough of a realist to know that his current situation isn’t sustainable. Something’s gotta give here.
- Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski disagree over Rafael Nadal retirement as 2023 hopes assessed | express.co.uk
“Yes. French Open is gonna be number 15 coming up next year,” Rusedski told Prime Video when asked whether he saw Nadal ever winning another Grand Slam title. With 14 French Open titles to his name and a 112-3 lifetime record at Roland Garros, the former world No 4 also said he could see Nadal continuing his career as long as he felt he had a chance of winning on the Parisian clay.
Rusedski continued: “That’s one that if he believes he can still win, he’s gonna keep on playing in for another five years if he still thinks he can win the French Open. But physically I don’t think the body will allow him to do so but as long as he believes he can win Majors, he’ll be in the sport.”
Meanwhile fellow British No 1 Henman disagreed and put a timeframe on Nadal’s career, admitting he saw the world No 2 lasting another year-and-a-half in the sport, potentially giving him two more French Opens to win. “Yes, I think he will,” he said after also being asked whether Nadal would win more Majors.
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