- What’s next for Rafael Nadal? Rest, recuperation and – he hopes – one final push in 2024 | Olympics
How cool would it be to see him end his career not only inside Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris, but also as the Olympic tennis event returns to clay for the first time in over 30 years?
“It’s difficult for me to predict how my situation is going to be, how my body is going to be,” Nadal said when asked if Paris 2024 could be the perfect farewell. “I don’t want to say one thing and do the other.
He continued: “Of course, [the] Olympic Games is one of the competitions I’d love to be at. I can’t say if it’s going to be my last or not. I hope to be there. Whether it’s my last tournament or not, I can’t say now.”
- What is the French Open without Rafael Nadal? | ESPN
In May 2021, they unveiled a three-meter-high statue of Nadal near the Jardin des Mousquetaires, a permanent reminder of the man who has transcended the clay-court sport. It’s rare to mark an athlete with such a gesture while they’re still leaving sweat on the surface a few meters away.
But it was the first step in recognizing his legacy and also preparing for a life in that corner of Paris without Nadal. So what do they do next to mark his impact on the tournament? They’re unlikely to rename one of the existing prime courts, and the trophy is already named after the French “four musketeers” who ruled men’s tennis in the late 1920s, but nothing is off the table.
They hope they won’t have to make that call quite yet, but it seems to be approaching quickly — and this year will offer a vision of the unpredictable post-Nadal era.
- Carlos Alcaraz’s ‘dream’ to play Olympic doubles with Rafael Nadal | NBC
Carlos Alcaraz said it would be a dream to play 2024 Olympic doubles with Rafael Nadal in what will likely be Nadal’s last time playing at Roland Garros in Paris.
“It could be a dream playing doubles with him in the Olympics,” Alcaraz said Friday. “So of course let’s see. Let’s see how he’s doing and how he’s going in this year. Hopefully, he’s going great. But yeah, for me, it could be a dream to play doubles with him.”
- Rafael Nadal is my favorite among Big 3, says Yannick Noah | sportskeeda.com
Noah, however, said he favored Nadal over the other two greats due to his humility.
“Rafa, of the three, is the one I like the most because he respects the ballboys, the transport people, the people when there are no cameras. If you think about things beyond what people measure, Rafa is number one by far. Rafa won 22 Grand Slams and when you see him, he is still the same humble guy he has always been. For that reason, out of the three, he’s my favorite,” he opined.
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