'I would go to the bathroom so that Rafael Nadal...', says WTA player
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Sebastian Grosjean will remain the captain of the French Davis Cup team, while Julien Benneteau will remain the captain of the French Billie Jean King Cup team, the French Tennis Federation confirmed on Thursday. French teams did not enjoy success in the Davis Cup Finals and this year's Billie Jean King Cup, but Grosjean and Benneteau will not pay the maximum price.
France failed to make it past the group stage in both events, results that were unsatisfactory for the French Tennis Federation. Grosjean made a strange decision before the Davis Cup Finals by shutting out the top-ranked French tennis player Gael Monfils.
"Gael understands my choice to mix youth and experience. (...) I am not ruling out making changes to the team before the start, as the regulations allow, especially if Gael does very well at Bercy," said Grosjean. "Sebastien Grosjean and I had discussions about this, and he wanted me to recover.
If there is a playoff in February, I will be there. I will be selected. I think Sebastien has made up his mind. We have had many discussions, as he certainly told you. He is the Captain. He decided to let me recover, to vent, "explained Monfils.
Grosjean was a member of the French team that won the 2001 Davis Cup in Melbourne. "I have incredible memories," Grosjean recalled before this year's Davis Cup Finals. Indian Wells 2021 winner Paula Badosa recently lavished praise on Rafael Nadal and revealed one of his greatest traits which, according to her, separates him from the rest of the players on tour.
Badosa pays tribute to Nadal
Speaking on the Spanish radio show El Larguero, Paula Badosa highlighted how Rafael Nadal's hard work, dedication, and devotion to the sport serves as an inspiration to many. She stated that there were times when she would go to the bathroom whenever she saw him coming towards her as the former World No.1 used to make her really nervous.
"I remember in the first tournaments, that I saw Rafa Nadal and I was very intimidated by everything he has achieved. I remember in some tournament of him coming to say hello and I half hid or when I saw that I was coming I would go to the bathroom so that he wouldn't see me because he didn't even show up because I got very nervous," mentioned Badosa in that interview.
Owing to a foot injury, Nadal had exited the tour and finished off his season early in August. Now, he is going to return to the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.