Uncle Tony apologized to Rafael Nadal for the words he said in an interview, during which he described his nephew: "an injured player who plays tennis." It does not matter, the matter has been clarified and even resolved, but probably there was nothing for which to clarify; such errors, with all the interviews that are released, are more than understandable.
Nadal has approached the 2019 clay season as a true protagonist. He is the player to beat on the surface that has made him out to be one of the greatest tennis players to have ever played on clay, but in the first three tournaments he played on clay courts this year, he only reached the semi-finals, without a win in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.
He had some uncertainties in the first three events on clay courts; in Monte Carlo, he was defeated by Fabio Fognini, the fourth player with at least three wins over Nadal, on clay, in that which was the worst performance ever for the Spaniard on a clay court.
In Barcelona, Dominic Thiem defeated him in straight sets. In Madrid, but he was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player who, at 21 years-old has been able to beat Federer, Djokovic and Nadal. These three matches lost against the Italian, Austrian, and Greek as painful as they may have been, can be normal and not a wake-up call; perhaps Rafa will reach the climax of his psycho-physical state between Rome and the French Open.
Some bad performances can happen, even on his beloved surface. If his physical shape will be at the top (and in his career this always happens in coincidence with the clay swing), nobody will be able to stop this champion; Thiem, Djokovic and maybe even Fognini, will be the ones who could have something to say to stop the Spanish dominance on clay courts.
Obviously, Nadal will have to be physically intact to play at the top the three most important months of his season, in order to also come closer to Roger Federer's 20 Majors. What will happen in Rome and at the French Open? Will Nadal's domination continue? Time will soon tell.