- Rafael Nadal jokes about his fatherhood after receiving ‘Best Dad award’, reveals son will accompany him for Australian Open | sportskeeda.com
After a recent interview with Marca, the Spanish tennis legend was given the ‘Best Dad’ award by the Spanish publication. An amused Nadal joked that he is still working on his ‘dad skills.’
“For the moment I will have to work on this,” Nadal said with a laugh after receiving the award.
Nadal also revealed that his 10-week-old son will travel with him and other family members to Australia next week for his month-long campaign on the hard courts down under. The 14-time French Open champion will begin his 2023 season at the United Cup, starting December 29th, before he begins his Australian Open title defense in mid-January.
- I’ll be competitive in Australia: Nadal | perthnow.com.au
“I did a bit of physical training, I think I’ll need a few days in Australia. I’m aware that I’m a little bit short, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to pick up the level I need to be competitive in Australia.”
“I turn to Gustavo because Francis decided to take a different path. I’m not very much in favour of making big changes. Francis made a decision, and above all I love him as a friend, practically family,” Nadal said.
Nadal will travel to Sydney on Monday to play in the United Cup mixed tournament in preparation for the Australian Open.
Q. How is your left foot? Have you resorted to pulsed radiofrequency injections again or do you plan to do so before traveling to Australia?
Rafa: “The truth is that I have done it many times after Wimbledon because the injury is incurable and when the nerve starts to hurt you have to do it again. I have to thank Mario, my regular anesthesiologist in Barcelona, and Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, who were the ones who put me in contact with David Abejon, a specialist in the Pain Unit, to start a treatment that has drastically changed not only my career, which in the end is secondary, but my personal life. Now I am much happier, beyond winning or losing on the court, because I was suffering from a limp. I played tennis with lots and lots of anti-inflammatories but I was limping all day long. I thought I had to quit tennis because I had lost my vitality and I was a sad person most days.”
- Real Madrid fan Rafa Nadal would ‘sign Mbappe tomorrow’ as tennis legend clings to transfer dream | goal.com
“I don’t have to forgive Mbappe for anything, in sports these things happen. He wanted to come to Real Madrid but he was under a lot of pressure and everything was complicated for him. I hope to see him at Madrid in the future.”
Pressed further on whether Real should continue to monitor Mbappe’s potential availability, with questions continuing to be asked of how long the 24-year-old will be sticking around at PSG, Nadal added: “As a Real Madrid fan, I would sign Mbappe tomorrow.”
- Rafael Nadal “moved to tears” watching Lionel Messi win World Cup after his “suffering” | mirror.co.uk
But even so, he admits he was emotional watching another sporting great lift the ultimate prize in his game as Argentina finally prevailed.
He said: “Without supporting Argentina, when Messi lifted the trophy I was moved to tears. For the emotion of seeing someone so great achieve what he missed after suffering so much for it.”
He said: “People who like sports don’t like it when someone they admire retires. You don’t want Messi or Tiger Woods to retire. I like to see them on TV and I would like to continue watching them.”
- Rafael Nadal says Roger Federer is ‘happy and enjoying life’ post-retirement, reveals they speak ‘regularly’ | sportskeeda.com
Speaking to the Spanish newspaper Diario AS, Nadal stated that he shared a great bond with Federer.
“He is happy, enjoying life, delighted. We talk regularly. We have a very good relationship and he is doing things. He was in Tokyo and other places. I have spoken with him regularly and well, the truth is, he only has to fix the knee,” Nadal said.
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