Flash Entertainment CEO John Lickrish revealed that he has a good relationship with Rafael Nadal and that the Spaniard once wanted to gift him his Richard Mille watch. Flash Entertainment owns the Mubadala World Tennis Championships and Lickrish once in the past praised Nadal's jacket and asked if he could have it.
Nadal was a bit surprised by the request, but it started his good relationship. "I've been doing this trick on you every year, try anyway," Lickrish told The National. “The last time I did it with his Richard Mille watch.
I was like, 'that's a great watch' and he said, 'yeah, you know it's super light.' I like that I wish I had that one and he really took it off and handed it to me (Lickrish didn't take it). He would have taken the jacket if he had given it to me, really”.
Emma Raducanu and Bencic were expected to meet in the only women's match at this year's Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Raducanu tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and is out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
Lickrish revealed that the plan is to bring more women to the event in the future. "From the beginning we looked at it and thought, 'How do we bring women into the tournament?' There have been some different proposals internally that we have looked at, also through bringing in a women-only tournament," said Lickrish.
"I always thought it would be better to combine the two. First of all, it is really what we are doing with the budgets that we have, we have decided, and through some of our partners, we can attract women. He didn't want to make it unique, he didn't want to make it cheesy."
Corretja comments on Rafa Nadal
It’s been a year full of records for Novak Djokovic, but with a host of young talent threatening to launch a new era in the sport, time could be running out for the Serb to achieve one elusive goal.
This season saw him surpass Roger Federer for the most weeks spent as the world’s number one player, as well as winning three major titles to tie him with Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam wins (20). “I think in a way, Novak is a little bit misunderstood all the time.
I don’t know if it is because of his character. Probably when he’s on court, he’s doing things that people pretty much don’t understand," said Corretja. With Djokovic, Federer and Nadal dominating the men’s game for so long, the trio are often compared and judged against each other.
Corretja thinks Djokovic’s raw emotion sets him apart. "Roger is elegance. He is like, sweet. Everything comes natural. And Rafa is like, the biggest fighter of the whole history, probably," he said.