Rafael Nadal honestly reveals: "I will only play if I feel I can give 100%"

The Spanish champion talked about his possible participation at the Roland Garros and Paris Olympics, explaining that he will play if he is 100% competitive

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal honestly reveals: "I will only play if I feel I can give 100%"
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"All changes in life are difficult, but I am lucky to have a family and an environment that give me many other things that make me happy. It is clear that the adrenaline and emotions experienced in sport are difficult to find in the life of every day, but that's the way it is. I had a very serious injury when I was 19 and there were many chances of not being able to continue playing professionally. This complicated my whole career with other physical problems, but I It also helped give value to everything that happened during my career."

Rafael Nadal gave a long interview to FranceTvSpor, in which he covered many important topics. Obviously there were questions regarding his participation at the Roland Garros and Paris Olympics. Questions to which Rafa answered very clearly, explaining what the conditions will be for him to participate.

Rafael Nadal, Rome 2024
Rafael Nadal, Rome 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

"I'm fine, for me it's a great joy to have been able to play in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome. It was a hard blow not to be able to do it in Monte Carlo because all these events have a great and important meaning for me. For a long time I thought that this would be It was my last year, luckily now I feel much better for a few weeks. It will be tough if I'm not there, but I will only play if I feel competitive," he told.

About what he intends to do in view of the two major events that will take place in Paris, the Roland Garros starting on May 26th and then the Paris Olympic Games at the end of July, Nadal explained: "I don't want to play at the Roland Garros if I have to proceed with caution and without being able to give maximum effort, as happened in Barcelona and Madrid.
It was such a special tournament in my career and of such sentimental value to me, that I would rather have another memory of it. It will be tough if I'm not there, but I will only play if I feel competitive.

I will only play if I feel I can give 100% of my possibilities. If this doesn't help me win a single game, I'll accept it, but I don't see myself going onto the pitch knowing I have no chance. If there is only a 0.01% chance I want to try, but if I have absolutely none, I'd rather not play. There are sensations that you can only experience at the Games, it's the essence of sport. This year they are very special in Paris, so I would be very excited to compete, it's something that would make me happy," he explained.

Hubert Hurkacz, Rome 2024
Hubert Hurkacz, Rome 2024© Mike Hewitt / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

Nadal, after his elimination from the Rome tournament at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, will now have to make a decision. Whether to play at Roland Garros or not. The Spanish tennis player, 22 times Slam champion, had declared that at the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, he would make the decision whether to go and play the second Slam of the season and that in the past he has won 14 times or not.

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