Rafael Nadal: 'I am following the news and suffering with...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I am following the news and suffering with...'

Former tennis player and rival of the Nadal circuit, Juan “Pico” Monaco, made a comment after seeing how Rafael Nadal spends his vacation days, drinking beer with friends on his yacht in Mallorca. "Criminals," commented Juan Monaco in Nadal's latest post on Instagram.

“The last days of summer with friends… it is always nice to be surrounded by them, to chat about anything and everything. Just some fun moments with my teammates, ”Nadal captioned in the photo. Juan Monaco's comment was obviously meant to be understood in a friendly way, as Nadal and the Argentine have a history together.

"He (Rafael Nadal) came from winning Roland Garros (at Bastad)," Monaco said. "I was waiting for the tournament to end, and we went to Spain at his house. And we stayed there for a week. We went to his house together," Monaco spoke about their first meeting at the 2005 Swedish Open, as quoted by ATP.com.

"I played between clubs against Rafa," said Monaco. “He played for Barcelona and I played for my club. We met from there, since we were 16 years old. From there we already had friendship”. Nadal played just two games since Roland Garros, undergoing minor treatment on his troubled foot a week ago in Barcelona.

Due to injuries, Rafael will not compete for the rest of the season, opting to rest and return healthier the following year.

Nadal is now resting in Spain

20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal took to Instagram on Wednesday to send a heartfelt message of support to those impacted by a volcanic eruption in La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

"I am following the news and suffering with the terrible images of the volcano eruption on La Palma and the consequences for so many affected families," Rafael Nadal said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Nadal, however, expressed hope that the devastation would come to an end soon.

"I would like to send a big hug to all of you and hopefully this will end soon," the Spaniard added. If Nadal can shake off his injury and regain full fitness, he will fancy his chances of challenging for the big titles next season.

He is currently tied on 20 Grand Slams with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Ahead of the Laver Cup, Rafa has been going through a recovery phase. Even though his fans desperately wanted to see the Clay king on the court, he will not be participating in the Laver Cup this year. For the first time in the four editions of this event, no player from the ‘Big 3’ will be taking part.