Former world No. 24 Jamie Hampton hates hearing the claim that Rafael Nadal should retire and that he is ruining his legacy. Nadal, 35, put an end to his 2021 in August due to a foot issue. Nadal, a former world No. 1, made his return to competitive action at last week's Melbourne Summer Set.
In his first tournament in five months, Nadal made it all the way after beating Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the Melbourne final. "I love what I'm doing.....I'm very lucky that I can live from one of my hobbies..I want to enjoy it as much as I can while I still can," Nadal said in one of his on-court interviews at the Melbourne Summer Set.
Hampton saw Nadal's comments and responded: "This is why i absolutely hate it when I hear the media and useless 'fans' say things like 'he should retire, he’s ruining his legacy.' They play because they love it, and that’s enough.
so sit down."
Nadal 'could not be happier'
After winning Melbourne, Nadal didn't hide his happiness. “I want to thank all the organisation here,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “I feel privileged and a very lucky guy to be here again.
I am coming back from some challenging moments in terms of injuries, so I can’t be happier. It means a lot to be back and with a trophy in my hands”. Nadal is a five-time Australian Open finalist. Nadal has only one Australian Open title as four times he finished runner-up at Melbourne Park.
On Sunday, Nadal delivered a good performance at Rod Laver Arena to beat Cressy. “This court has always been very, very special for me,” Nadal said. “The Rod Laver Arena is very, very special for everyone and it is more special because of you guys. You guys are a great crowd and I can’t thank you enough”.