Rafael Nadal has been out since August due to a chronic foot injury that resurfaced during the 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 2022 Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal's first electric car!
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. "In my family there were many points of reference on a sporting level, from which I drew great inspiration.
I do nothing without giving my best, it is a principle that has dominated my whole life. My goal is to try to improve every single day," Nadal added to MARCA's microphones. The Spanish champion also talked about his long collaboration with KIA: "They made me sign my first contract when I didn't have a driving license yet.
I hope our partnership will last for many more years. They gave me an electric car, it's my first ever. I had a strange feeling, because you pick up speed without even realizing it." Unlike his eternal rival Roger Federer, Rafa will retain his place in the Top 10 despite the few tournaments played.