Ex-Nick Kyrgios coach weighs in on Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon chances



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Ex-Nick Kyrgios coach weighs in on Rafael Nadal's Wimbledon chances

Coach Simon Rea says Rafael Nadal is not the top favorite for the Wimbledon title but adds it's great to have the Spaniard competing at the tournament. After winning a record 22nd Grand Slam title at the French Open, Nadal promised he would give his best to play at Wimbledon.

The foot treatment Nadal underwent in Spain was a success and Nadal is now playing Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. Rea, who worked with Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur in the past, was asked about Nadal's Wimbledon title chances.

"Long odds, I think. Fantastic seeing him get to the starting line, and I think the event will be that much richer for having one of the great champions of all time there. If you'd asked me a fortnight ago, off the back of Roland Garros, I would have considered him highly unlikely (to play).

So that's something worth celebrating. We haven't seen Rafa at Wimbledon as consistently as the last decade's played out, and when we have seen him he's been more vulnerable. I suspect that might be the case again," Rea told the Australian Open website.

Rea on Nadal, the favorites on the women's side

When it comes to the women's event, Rea said he thinks Iga Swiatek is the top favorite. However, he named several other players who could make a strong run at The Championships.

"Anett Kontaveit; I've always believed that her game could be really well suited to the grass, a fearsome ball-striker and weapons everywhere you look, and loves to play up in the court and take time away from her opponent.

Karolina Pliskova is one, if healthy, whose game and weapons are really well suited to grass. Jessica Pegula continues to go from strength to strength. Beatriz Haddad Maia won back-to-back grass-court titles and obviously comes in with real momentum.

The experienced Alison Riske always seems to play her best tennis on grass. Ons Jabeur has momentum and has got herself to No.3 in the world. Angie Kerber's always capable of playing so well on grass, and Belinda Bencic, similarly," Rea said.