Rafael Nadal, 35, feels privileged to be able to play tennis and to have such a long career. Nadal has been plagued by injuries throughout his whole career but still he has managed to become one of the most accomplished players in tennis history.
The end is nearing for Nadal but he wants to enjoy his last year's on the Tour and he insists he is not afraid of life without tennis. “I try not to think about my age as much as possible. I will retire when I don't feel fresh physically and mentally.
I also realize now how much I love tennis and I have a real privilege to play for such a long time. Afterwards, when my racket is put away, I will also devote more time to my foundation, which supports economically disadvantaged children.
But the truth is, I am not at all afraid of life without tennis," Nadal told Number Web.
Nadal focused on his recovery
Nadal called it a season on August to focus on recovering from a persistent foot injury. “I don't know when I will play again.
I work every day and follow a specific plan, with very clear goals that I will not reveal what they are, because there are things that I cannot control 100 percent," Nadal said, as quoted on EFE. "I trust that everything I am doing will give the result that we hope to get.
Nadal has been bothered by a foot issue pretty much since the beginning of his career. "The injury is nothing new. It is the same injury that I have had since 2005. In that moment, the doctors were very negative about my future career, but I was able to have a career that I never dreamed about.
So I am confident that I will recover again the foot and if the foot is better, I am confident that my tennis and my mentality will be there again soon," Nadal said,