A stress fracture of the left third costal arch forced Rafael Nadal to stay in the pits for a good period of time (not that long, but not that short). Now he is ready to return to the field to compete in new competitive races in a very prestigious event on clay: the Master 1000 in Madrid, which will be an important test bed for also testing his current physical conditions, after a fantastic start to the season.
Rafael Nadal is called in next week to confirm his strength on the rest of the circuit in the home tournament. The Spaniard will begin the long journey of 'preparation' in the capital that will lead him to play Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the year in which he will certainly want to be the absolute protagonist.
Meanwhile, well-known New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg released the first images of the Iberian athlete's training on Madrid's clay courts.
Rafa Nadal is ready
Monica Seles' former coach Claudio Pistolesi believes there is no clear GOAT (Greatest of all time) amongst Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic.
"My GOAT is - this period of time 99-2000 when Roger Federer stepped into picture, many think he is the GOAT," Pistolesi said. "But then came Rafa Nadal, that beat him and he starts to win 13 French Open - I get crazy only when I think about that - 13 French Open!
We have players that won - for me Guga Kuerten won three times French Open, was incredible already - and this guy won 13, so then he won two Wimbledon." The tennis coach firmly believes that a single member of the Big 3 does not stand out more than the other.
As such, Pistolesi feels all three combined are the greatest to grace the game. "I think my GOAT is the combination of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic - not to be diplomatic but this is the truth," he said. "You know, if you say Nadal, there is a but - yes, maybe Nadal because he won most Major but Djokovic is the one with most No.
1 (weeks and year-end) and Roger, he has for sure records that is even difficult to keep track." Rafael Nadal is one of those athletes who like giving back to the sport that made them who they are. His sprawling state-of-the-art structures, initially only in Spain, but now in various places, have been promoting tennis, giving so many aspiring players all they need to reach the top! And now, he is all set to add yet another feather to his cap, and this time, it is not another title.