'Rafael Nadal's injury worsened during...', says top coach

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'Rafael Nadal's injury worsened during...', says top coach

The ATP has decided to change the formula of the Masters 1000. Starting next year, the Internazionali d'Italia, the Mutua Madrid Open and the Shanghai tournament will have a total duration of twelve days, with a format that seems closer to that of a Grand Slam tournament.

The pool of players will also be expanded: 96 tennis players will enter the main draw of these tournaments. With these changes, the model already adopted for Indian Wells and Miami will be followed; while for Cincinnati and Toronto, these changes will take place in 2025.

About these novelties, integrated into a project called OneVision, the president of the ATP, Andrea Gaudenzi, spoke with the man who has won thirty-six Masters 1000 tournaments in his career: Rafael Nadal. The former player and now head of the ATP asked the Spanish champion for his opinion on this tennis revolution: "We must bring the Masters 1000 closer to the Grand Slam.

The Masters 1000 are huge tournaments," said the Roland Garros winner. "Sometimes, from my point of view, the Grand Slams and the rest of the tournaments are far below, so the goal of the ATP has to be to bring these tournaments closer to the Grand Slams in terms of promotion and importance".

For both Rafael Nadal and Andrea Gaudenzi, the key to this decision to extend the Masters 1000 has to do with the relationship established between the players and the tournaments. "It can change the relationship and trust between players and tournaments, because it aims to give players visibility in the tournament economy and also share in our future success.

If the tournaments go well financially, players will receive 50 percent of benefits, plus prize money," the ATP president told Nadal.

Roig opens up on Rafa Nadal

Former tennis player Francisco Roig, who is part of Rafael Nadal's coaching staff, spoke about the Spaniard's situation in an interview with Noticias.

"Rafa's problems worsen with the cold. But she (doctor) hopes the new pain relief treatment will work. We will have to wait. I think it's 2 or 3 sessions and Rafa will be delighted, so will we. He will live painlessly for a while," Roig said.

Roig also spoke about how the injury worsened during the pandemic due to lack of activity. "We were locked up for a while and not exercising goes against him. Since then he has had more problems," Roig continued. Before the start of the French Open, many experts did not give him a chance to win the French Open, mainly because of his injury.

However, he proved everyone wrong and won the Grand Slam event for the 14th time in his career, despite all the injury concerns.