Bad news for all tennis fans and especially for Rafael Nadal fans. After Roger Federer, the Spanish champion has also announced that he will remain out for the whole of 2021 and will return directly to the field next year. The Spanish tennis player had returned to the field after two months of absence in the ATP 500 tournament in Washington but had still highlighted several problems with his foot that helped his defeat in the second round against Lloyd Harris.
Now through his social channels Rafael Nadal has clarified and announced a news that he had been in the air for a few days and that it is now official. The Spanish tennis player now risks losing several positions in the standings but he needs to recover and work for next year where he will try again to conquer the coveted twenty-first Grand Slam.
The twenty-time Grand Slam tournament champion and king of clay announced on social media and made the following statements: "Hello everyone, I have to tell you that unfortunately I have to end my season early. I have just returned from a year in which my foot problems have given me numerous problems and I need to take some time to recover."
Lots of tweets and a video where Rafa explains that this year he was not able to compete as he wanted and that now he will work hard to get back to his best next season. In this 2021 Rafael Nadal did not win any Grand Slam tournament and suffered a scorching defeat at Roland Garros, beaten in four sets and after a great battle by world number one Novak Djokovic, later also winner of the tournament.
Currently Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic together hold the record for Grand Slam titles and each of them has been working for some time to try to break the other and become the first player in history to reach 21 Slam.
Nadal shed some light on his injury
Rafael Nadal withdrew from ongoing North American tournaments recently due to injury issues. Ever since Nadal has changed coaches, his performances has depreciated. However, his uncle Toni Nadal kept a diplomatic stance when he answered a question on a podcast with Eric Han.
Toni shares a personal relationship with Rafael Nadal, hence the split in 2017 was not easy. However, with Nadal’s increasing age, he needed a new direction and a new plan. Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig came in just for that and turned it around for El Nino.
With his age, he had to decrease the running part and play smarter tennis. “I remember the last meeting that we had, Rafael and me, to prepare for the next season into, at the end of 2016. I remember when I said to him in Mallorca, it was him and me alone and I said ‘Rafael you have to, you cannot run like before, you have to be more aggressive, you have to go more to the net.
And of course you need to improve the serve because at your age you need to improve the serve’,” said Toni. “I think when Carlos arrived, I think he gave confidence to make this, to make the serve faster and that was important,” said Toni.