Rafael Nadal: 'Sport must maintain positive values and...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Sport must maintain positive values and...'

Matteo Berrettini will be out for another month and a half. Following the medical advice of experts, he wrote in a message on Instagram, "My team and I have decided not to force recovery times. Therefore, I am forced to withdraw from the tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome, which gives me the necessary time to reach the best form.

The Italian No. 1 underlined how "extremely difficult the decision was" to jump into all three Masters 1000s in red, and especially the home tournament in Rome. But he said he was convinced that he is "the one to be able to return to the highest levels.

Thank you very much for your support. I can't wait to see you soon on the pitch" The Italian number one leaves his participation in Roland Garros up in the air, although everything indicates that without previous tournaments played on land, it will end up being skipped.

The announcement on social networks "Following the advice of medical experts, my team and I have decided that it is crucial that I do not press time in my recovery process. Therefore, we have decided that I should withdraw from tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome to make sure I have the right amount of time to get back to my highest level." Rafael Nadal had the best start to 2022.

He won the first tournament he took part in, at the Melbourne Summer Set. This was his first tournament after a long hiatus due to a foot injury. The Spaniard then went on to create history by becoming the first player ever in the ATP Circuit to win 21 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open.

Rafa will be missing both Monte Carlo and Barcelona

Anke Huber spoke about how players must be allowed to show emotion on the court and not everyone should be asked to conduct themselves the way Rafael Nadal and Federer have done.

Huber said: "Later we had this phase with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who always behaved sportsman-like and very fairly, but if everyone just looks straight ahead and doesn’t make a peep, it gets boring. I don’t think emotions are bad but they mustn’t be insulting and must remain within certain limits, if it gets too much you shouldn’t take the boys apart right away," Huber said.

Given his conduct throughout his illustrious career and being one of the senior players on tour, Rafael Nadal was spot on in his criticism of Alexander Zverev after the German's outburst at Acapulco. "If we are not able to penalize these types of attitudes in a little stronger way, then we as players will feel stronger and stronger all the time.

In this sport, we have to be a positive example, especially for the kids. This type of attitude must be stopped because there are many children looking at us. Sport must maintain positive values and we have to be aware that we are role models for millions of children," Nadal said.

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