After the defeat against Denis Shapovalov at the BNL Internationals of Italy, many doubts had been raised about Rafael Nadal's participation in Roland Garros 2022. The Spanish phenomenon had returned to feel the pain in his foot that had heavily affected him last year.
Suffice it to say that the former ATP number 1 had played just seven official tournaments last season, leading many experts to believe that his career was close to the epilogue. Not only did Rafa go to Paris, but he won his 22nd career Slam.
Thanks to a series of infiltrations, the 36-year-old from Manacor managed to ease the pain in his foot and lift his 14th title at Porte d'Auteuil. Thanks to this triumph, the Iberian has further stretched on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
Nadal will decide in these days whether or not to participate in Wimbledon, which will start on Monday 27 June in Church Road. In an interview with the 'ABC' newspaper, José Luis Gonzalez said the Majorcan should talk less about his physical problems than him.
Rafa has undoubtedly been a role model to many
"I do not agree with Rafael Nadal that he talks so much about his injuries. I think he is wrong talking so much about his ailments in the face of public opinion, because it could be understood as victimhood," said González.
The 64-year-old González also said that athletes should never talk about their physical problems. "If you decide to go to a competition, it is because you are in a position to do so. If you accept the challenge, you accept it and you should not talk about your physical problems," González said, adding, "One must assume that he is to compete, period.
There are girls in rhythmic gymnastics with more physical problems than Nadal and they don't talk about it as much. I also had my patellar tendon removed." While the chat may have seemed like any other interview, a clip of the same recently did the rounds on social media.
In the video, the journalist could be seen having a fun conversation with Nadal. “You’re kind of a s*x symbol,” the journalist told the tennis star. Surprised by the compliment, a blushing Nadal initially denied it by saying, “I don’t think so.
I don’t know”. However, taking it as a chance to showcase his humor skills, the tennis legend gave it back to the journalist in the most hilarious way. Known for his out-of-the-box humor, Nadal asked the journalist, “You like me or what?” This left everyone in splits and the journalist was speechless.