Rafael Nadal has been out since August due to a chronic foot injury that resurfaced during Roland Garros. The Spanish champion, who was chasing his 14th title in the French capital, had to surrender to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
Overall, it wasn't an unforgettable season for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The Majorcan has in fact played the misery of seven official tournaments, still managing to put a couple of trophies on the bulletin board. The former world number 1 was forced to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open, before announcing the early closure of his 2021.
After undergoing a minor foot treatment, the 35-year-old from Manacor has already recovered. to train and hopes to get back in good shape for the Australian Open 2022. During the launch of the new 'KIA Crossover EV6' - a brand of which he is testimonial - Nadal illustrated how discipline and the desire to excel have accompanied him since he was a child.
We recall that Miguel Angel Nadal - one of Rafa's uncles - was captain of the Spanish national football team and took part in three editions of the FIFA World Cup.
Nadal has been out since August
"I was born into a family of many sports references and it is something that has always inspired me," Rafael Nadal was quoted as saying by MARCA.
"I do not know how to do anything without always giving my best. It is something that has dominated my life. And what I try is to improve every day." Rafael Nadal celebrated 17 years of his partnership with KIA at the recent event.
The 35-year-old revealed that he first signed for the Korean automobile brand before he even had a drivers' license, and that he hopes to continue for as long as possible. "(They signed me) when I still didn't even have a driver's license and I hope it continues for many more years," he said.
KIA launched a new electric crossover at the event, gifting the 20-time Grand Slam champion a personalized edition. "It is my first electric car and it becomes a little strange because you pick up speed and since it does not sound anything, you do not even realize it," Nadal said.
Part of the ‘Big 3’, Rafael Nadal, is without a doubt one of the greatest ever to set foot on a tennis court. The player from Mallorca, Spain has been dominating the tour and has raised the bar in the men’s game.
The basic principles instilled in the Spaniard have been key in helping him become such a successful personality.