Rafael Nadal: 'I'm not a big fan of giving advice'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2921
COVID-19 has hit the current edition of Wimbledon hard. The British Grand Slam has seen ATP figures such as the Italian Matteo Berrettini, the Croatian Marin Cilic and the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut end up seeing their options disappear at the All England Club due to the virus.
Precisely one of the focuses, due to the contact with Berrettini in training, was Rafael Nadal, although at the moment the winner of 22 Grand Slams has not tested positive for the tests he has undergone. "There is a reality.
There's no more. A good friend of mine, like Roberto Bautista, has had to withdraw with another positive case. When these types of things happen, it is because there are surely many cases around. I'm not doing too many things, I'm just here and I stay at home, I don't go out at all.
It is part of the demanding world we have found ourselves in over the last two years”, commented the current number four in the world. “I am not saying that we should not do things as usual, because at some point we have to open everything again, we need to be free and live a normal life, and it seems that COVID is now less dangerous.
At the same time, when you open everything, this kind of thing can happen. I cannot add more", he stated after his victory in the second round against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. This edition of Wimbledon is having to deal with a virus that has once again affected the "white sport", although the measures of the people who come daily to tennis matches are not yet affected.
Rafa Nadal praises Emma Raducanu
Rafael Nadal is of the opinion that Emma Raducanu is a great representative for tennis, and hopes that she can get back to her winning ways soon. "I'm not a big fan of giving advice, really.
I think people close to [Emma Raducanu] usually have the best advice because they know her personal situation. I've never had much interaction with her, but her triumph at the last US Open was impressive," Nadal said. "I watched the final and she played in a way that was hard to believe.
From there, it's hard to deal with all that success at [such an early] point in your life, but I wish her all the best. I think she is a great personality for our sport. She's having a tough year, but on the other hand she's already won a Grand Slam at a very early stage in her career, which I think will give her peace of mind to keep improving over time. I hope she gets more opportunities soon," Nadal said.