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Nadal: “When I feel I’m ready to compete again, I’ll be there”

09/06/2022 05:35


Tennis player wants “a ‘reset’ after ending his participation in US Open

He assured that he had “much more important things to do than tennis”.

After falling in the round of 16 at the US Open, Rafael NadalOne who has had a season of successes and injuries and who is also about to become a father, assured this Monday that He’ll be back on track when he feels like he’s ready Both professionally and personally. “I need to go back (home). I need to fix things, life, so I don’t know when I’m going to be back. I’m going to try to be mentally prepared. When I feel that I’m ready to compete again, I’ll be there.”

At 36, ranked third in the world rankings, Nadal has won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Melbourne and Acapulco this season, but has also suffered injuries (legs, ribs, abs, etc.) .

On the other hand, his wife, Marie ‘Zisca’ Perello, is pregnant and was admitted for an operation a few weeks ago on medical advice. The tennis player came out against the rumors last week and clarified that his wife is fine.

“I came out of the last Grand Slam of the season in eighth place. As you can imagine, right now it is difficult for me to analyze clearly what my immediate future is going to be,” he said on Monday. A question about the rest of your schedule in 2022. “just what i have to do i have to go home, i have a lot more important things to do than tennis”, he added this Monday, emphasizing that “personal life always comes before professional life.”

Nadal confirmed that he made “an effort” to get into the final Grand Slam of the course, stating that Now is the time to do a ‘reset’“It’s been a little tough some months by all means, that’s the reality. And from there, start speaking professionally again and, on a personal level, end with something important in my life, which is having my first child and trusting that everything will be alright,” he said.

World No. 26 American Frances Tiafo stunned Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 in three hours on Monday to secure the most important victory of her career. 34 min. The loss marked the end for Nadal of an acrimonious participation in the US Open, which saw agony and two comebacks in the first and second rounds, as well as its conclusion. 22 consecutive winning streak that he had achieved in Grand Slam matches (he retired before playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon).

Nadal congratulated Tiafo, acknowledging his opponent’s superiority in the round of 16 and insisting that he does not like to “look for excuses”. “I’ve tried. I trained well last week, I was very happy with my preparation week. Then, at the competition level, maybe I need a little freshness, a little more shooting, a little more things they’re hard to explain. For, that they are abstract, and maybe a little more peace of mind,” he reflected. “In the end, the reality is quite simple: I haven’t played well. And when you don’t play well enough, you don’t have to win,” he said.

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