Rafael Nadal congratulated Alexandra Eala on winning the 2022 US Open girls' singles title. Eala, 17, captured her first Grand Slam junior title in singles after beating Lucie Havlickova 6-2 6-4 in the US Open girls' singles final.
After winning two Grand Slam titles in doubles, Eala finally has a Grand Slam junior title in singles. "Speechless. I am so grateful. 2022 US Open Girls Champion," Eala captioned a post on Instagram. Eala, who has been training at Nadal's academy since the age of 12, was congratulated by the record 22-time Grand Slam champion.
"Congrats on this great achievement and keep the good and hard work!!!! Vamos!" Nadal wrote in the comment section.
Nadal suffered his first Grand Slam loss at the US Open
After going undefeated through the first three Grand Slams of the year, Nadal suffered his first Grand Slam defeat of the year at the US Open.
In the US Open round-of-16, Frances Tiafoe handed Nadal a shock 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3 loss. After the match, Nadal was straight honest and admitted that it wasn't a good match from his side. “The difference is easy: I played a bad match and he played a good match,” said Nadal.
“At the end that's it, no? I was not able to hold a high level of tennis for a long time. I was not enough quick on my movements. He was able to take the ball too many times very early, so I was not able to push him back.
Yeah, tennis is a sport of position a lot of times, no? If not, you need to be very, very quick and very young. I am not in that moment anymore. My shots needs to be better. In some way my understanding of the game and the quality of my shots were not enough good, were poor, I think I have to say today, because I was not able to create that much on him.
Well done for him. He was better than me”. Nadal is currently at home resting as we likely won't see him in action until the indoors swing.