Were it not for the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, today would have been the middle weekend of Wimbledon. It would also have given Rafael Nadal a chance to surpass Roger Federer for Major singles titles in history. In an interview, Rafael Nadal talks about his rivalry with Roger Federer and his island home. The 34-year-old tennis players vowed to never leave his home in Spain where he currently resides.
Nadal experienced his best six-month stretch in June 2019 where he won the French Open. This was his 12th title on the red clay of Paris which is more than any player who has won any major in history. Then in September, he won the US Open for the fourth time in New York. Nadal carried Spain to a Davis Cup title while also being number one in the world. One observer said, “Even at this stage of his career, Nadal plays like he’s broke.” Also Read– NFL to play Black anthem before each game
The top athlete is from Mallorca, Spain’s largest Balearic island. An interviewer asked him about coming back to the island after being on the road and he said, For me, coming back to Mallorca means coming back to a normal life. And normal life makes me happy. I’m not just Rafa Nadal, the tennis player. I become Rafa Nadal the human being again.
Nadal trained under his uncle for many years
Rafael Nadal is very attached to his home in Mallorca. When floods hit his home town in 2018, he dropped his racket and picked up a broom to volunteer in cleaning the wreckage. On the island, Nadal lived with his parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. His uncle Miguel Angel was a professional soccer player and trained and disciplined him. However, Toni Nadal, Rafael’s other uncle was his first instructor.
Toni Nadal says, “Normally, when you throw the ball to most kids, they wait for the ball to come to them…but when he was three years old, he went straight for it. There were no perks to being the instructor’s nephew – quite the opposite. Toni singled him out, making him pick up balls and sweep the court after practice.”
Nadal beats the tennis king
Nadal was an instant phenomenon. He won the French Open in 2005 at the young age of 19 then in 2007, Nadal was very close to beating the tennis king, Roger Federer when he injured his knee. In another attempt the following year, Nadal won the Wimbledon 2008 and beat the reigning king, Roger Federer.