Ariana Geerlings tells an anecdote that shows Rafa's great humility



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Ariana Geerlings tells an anecdote that shows Rafa's great humility
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Rafael Nadal will finally return to play an official tennis tournament from 31 December 2023, when the ATP 250 in Brisbane begins. The legendary Spanish tennis player has received praise from friends, colleagues, media and insiders: among them there is also the young Spanish player Ariana Geerlings.

The tennis player praised her illustrious countryman, highlighting how Nadal was always kind, helpfull and humble, during the girl's three-year stay at the Rafa Nadal Academy, in Manacor.

Ariana Geerlings tells an anecdote that shows Rafa's great humility

"I was 15 years old, I wasn't aware of what it meant.

I thought it would be a few months and that's it, until they explained to me what injury it was and how hard it was to recover. It was 14 months of rehabilitation, three hours of physiotherapy and four hours of gym a day. A lot of patience.

I'm not going to settle for being No.150 or No.100 in the world, I want more. Like be number 1 and win a Grand Slam. They try to lean a lot on his career, he trains for many hours, and Toni Nadal is very present, he trained me a lot.

They take the same philosophy as Rafa, a lot of training and little rest, totally focused on the track. Nadal imposes even more, but he's a very good guy. You may think that a player of that level could walk around the club as if he were the king of the mambo, but Rafa is the opposite.

There is one more, always very close and familiar, I was very well hosted from the first day, both he and his family," she explained during an interview with puntodebreak.com. Nadal, as I wrote above, will return to the court already with the start of the season and the Australian Swing: his goal will be to gain confidence and compete in official matches, in order to be ready for his beloved clay season, where he will try to win his 15th French Open.