Coach Simon Rea says that Rafael Nadal is not the top favorite for the Wimbledon title, but adds that it is great to have the Spaniard competing in the tournament. After winning his 22nd Grand Slam title at the French Open, Nadal vowed that he would do his best to play at Wimbledon.
Nadal's foot treatment in Spain was a success and Nadal is playing Wimbledon for the first time since 2019. Rea, who has worked with Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur in the past, was asked about Nadal's chances of winning Wimbledon.
"There's a very good chance, I think. It's fantastic to see him make it to the starting line, and I think the event will be that much richer by having one of the all-time great champions there. If they had asked me a fortnight ago, after Roland Garros, I would have considered it very unlikely (that he would play).
So it's something worth celebrating. We have not seen Rafa at Wimbledon as regularly as in the last decade, and when we have seen him he has been more vulnerable. I suspect that could be the case again," Rea told the Australian Open website.
As for the women's event, Rea said that he believes that Iga Swiatek is the main favorite. However, he named other players who could make a big showing in the Championship. "Anett Kontaveit; I've always believed that her game could adapt very well to grass, she is a fearsome striker and has weapons everywhere, and she loves to play inside the court and take time away from her opponent.
Karolina Pliskova is one of them, if she is healthy, whose game and weapons are really well suited to grass. Jessica Pegula continues to move forward in leaps and bounds. Beatriz Haddad Maia has won two titles in a row on grass and obviously comes with a lot of momentum.
Marquez talks about Nadal
Rafael Nadal is an inspiration to many athletes beyond the tennis world as well. "There is also a reference called Rafa Nadal , who even when they considered him retired, has been able to overcome the pain and win again.
It was precisely with him that I met when they played the Masters 1000 in Madrid," Marquez wrote of Rafael Nadal. "I know everything he has suffered and that is why he is a reference for me, because although he is not at his best, he is capable of winning tournaments like Roland Garros," he added.