Rafael Nadal says he has always loved sports and he will definitely remain connected to sports even after he retires from tennis. Nadal is one of the greatest athletes in all sports history, having won a record 22 Grand Slams in tennis.
Nadal has his own tennis academy in Mallorca and he expects to spend a lot of his time there when he retires from tennis. "Surely one day I will be a former elite athlete, but I will always be an athlete because sport is my passion and I will practice it whenever my body allows it.
And I will always be involved with the Academy, which is a project that we started a few years ago and that is gaining more and more strength," Nadal told Talento a bordo, per Sportskeeda.
Nadal on the possibility of becoming a coach on the Tour
Nadal's knowledge about the game is certainly off the charts but he suggests he can't envision himself being a coach on the Tour.
"I don't know if I would be the ideal person to train a player. For now I don't contemplate it, although, as the saying goes, never say I won't drink this water," Nadal said. Meanwhile, the good news is that Nadal has returned to the practice court.
At Wimbledon, Nadal reached the semifinal before he was forced to give Nick Kyrgios a walkover due to an abdominal injury. Nadal maybe had an unfortunate end to his Wimbledon campaign but the good news is that he is expected to be ready for the start of the North American hard court swing.
Nadal badly wanted to win his first Wimbledon since 2010 but noted that he simply couldn't put himself in a position to aggravate the injury and risk being out for a couple of months. The Montreal Masters kicks off on August 7 and that's where Nadal is hoping to return to action and play his first summer hard court tournament.