Rafael Nadal is not having the best time of his career. The former world number 1, who played just seven official tournaments in 2021, returned to the Abu Dhabi exhibition to test his foot after such a long stop. The last match played by the Spaniard went back to the tournament in Washington, where it was clear to everyone how much the Majorcan was in difficulty from a physical point of view.
The 35-year-old from Manacor arrived in the United Arab Emirates without too many expectations, making up a couple of defeats against Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov. While displaying his usual grit, Rafa looked very rusty and far from an acceptable condition.
Not surprisingly, the 20-time Grand Slam champion had questioned his presence at the Australian Open 2022. As if this were not enough, returning from Abu Dhabi, Nadal discovered he had contracted the Coronavirus. At this point, his participation in the Happy Slam is very unlikely.
Guest of honor at the 'Padel Awards', Alex Corretja answered some questions about Rafa's future.
Corretja on Rafael Nadal
“Do you think Rafael Nadal can go back to being the one he was before his last injury?” Corretja was asked.
To this, the 47-year-old replied, “Rafa will retire being a winner, whatever happens”. He talked about what Nadal must do, going forward. “He has to assess how he wants to face what he has left from now on,” Corretja said.
His tenacity is something the world knows, and Corretja comments on the same. “Being Rafa, you always have the feeling that he still has a bullet in his chamber to do something great. You can never doubt special people like him, even if he comes from a very long injury,” Corretja said.
Following Rafael Nadal's recent COVID-19 diagnosis, his coach Carlos Moya has unfortunately tested positive for it as well. "Hello everyone, I wanted to tell you that I have also tested positive for COVID. On Sunday, upon landing in Mallorca and with some symptoms, I tested negative for antigens.
A few hours later, when a positive was confirmed in the equipment, I went to do pcr and I tested positive," Moya said. Moya stated that he's fully vaccinated and feels quite well. "I am vaccinated with 2 doses and the symptoms have been quite strong in the last 24 hours, although without having to go to the hospital, now much better, I hope the worst is over."