In a recent interview, super coach and former Spanish player Carlos Moya wanted to reassure fans about Rafael Nadal’s future. According to the coach, his countryman player will not leave tennis due to paternity. Moya explained: “In my day hardly anyone traveled with their children, but it is also true that players retired at 30-32 and then started families.
Now there are many tennis players who travel with their children in tow. I don’t think paternity will induce Rafael Nadal to stop playing, on the contrary it will be an extra motivation to keep winning. Rafa loves being with his family and he loves children, so he will miss them when he is around the world.”
During a long interview, Nadal reflected on the definition of talent: “People get a little confused when it comes to talent. As I see it, talent doesn’t just mean playing well or hitting the ball with great violence.
Each player has his own characteristics and strengths of him. In tennis, as in all sports, the ultimate goal is to win. Whoever wins is the one who has the most talent.”
Nadal, between come back and paternity
Rafael Nadal stunned everyone in the first half of the season.
The Spanish phenomenon, who had just returned from several months off, won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, reaffirming that he is an absolute legend of the sport. The former world number 1 stretched over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings, as well as removing the specter of retirement.
The 36-year-old from Manacor had to give up the Wimbledon semi-final due to a torn abdominal muscle, but that doesn’t detract from his resounding 2022. The Iberian veteran has already resumed training and will return to Canada next month.
His big goal is the US Open, a tournament he hasn’t played since 2019. His eternal rival Djokovic will not be able to travel to the United States (not being vaccinated against the Coronavirus), unless unlikely last minute changes. Shortly before Wimbledon, the 22-time Grand Slam champion confirmed that he will become a father.