'If everyone can be like Rafael Nadal...', says ATP legend

Rafael Nadal always amazes with his dedication and his hunger for victories

by Simone Brugnoli
'If everyone can be like Rafael Nadal...', says ATP legend

Last week, Rafael Nadal surprised everyone by announcing his resignation from the Montreal Masters 1000 in Canada. The Spaniard suffered a small physical problem and finally decided not to fly immediately to North America, taking a few days off.

The Iberian thus lost the opportunity to be at the start of the first of the three prestigious appointments on cement, to familiarize himself with the surface (on which he did not play at all last year due to a serious injury to his foot) and, naturally, to try the assault on the title.

"I had a little discomfort, which was still present. So we decided not to go to Montreal and continue training without making an effort. I have no choice but to be cautious at this time and think about my health", is what the number 3 in the world declared on his Twitter account to inform the whole world of his desire to cancel the current competition.

However, the man from Manaco did not take long to confirm himself on the podium of the ATP classification with the early defeat of his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz in his debut against the American Tommy Paul in three sets. Rafa gave important news to all the fans through a message published on Wednesday, August 10 at night on his social profiles: 'Hello Mallorca...'

. Thus, he started with a photo directly from a beach. "I am very happy to be able to play in Cincinnati again. I will fly there tomorrow [Thursday]," he added. The Spaniard will thus be at the start of the American Masters 1000 to prepare in the best possible way for the 2022 edition of the Us Open, the last Grand Slam of the season.

McEnroe opens up on Nadal

In a recent interview, John McEnroe lamented the fact that not everyone can give "100 percent on the court" like Rafael Nadal. "If everyone can be like Rafa Nadal and give 100 percent on the court or every time they do something, that would be absolutely amazing," the American said.

"Unfortunately, that’s very difficult to do." During the discussion, John McEnroe lauded the fact that mental health is being talked about freely these days. "I find it healthy in a lot of ways that (mental health) is being talked about more openly," McEnroe said.

"But this isn’t something that just started. This started way before me. Obviously with more money in sports, it’s become more of a business. Parents see dollar signs in their eyes. It’s gotten way worse in that regard."

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