Rafael Nadal’s next steps revealed

Rafael Nadal’s career will probably see his epilogue at the Paris Olympics

by Simone Brugnoli
Rafael Nadal’s next steps revealed
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Rafael Nadal’s career will probably see his epilogue at the Paris Olympics. The Spanish champion played his last race at Roland Garros, beaten by Alexander Zverev. A painful defeat in the most important tournament of his career.

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The feelings released at the end of the lost match were mixed. If until a few months before the former number one almost certainly gave his farewell to Tennis, now, thanks to a newfound fitness, some doubt has pervaded him: "I’m rediscovering the pleasure of playing tennis, to have fun.

I want to give myself the opportunity to see if my body stays at this level or if it is a passing thing. I want to see how I feel after the Olympics, then we’ll figure out what happens. I will make a decision about my future in great serenity thinking that I have always given my best.

I always said this would be my last year, but I’m not sure because you never know what can happen in the future," he said.

Rafael Nadal is very hungry

Rafael Nadal played well at Roland Garros, despite being eliminated in the first round by Alexander Zverev. The 22-time Grand Slam champion feels better than he did a few months ago and may decide to extend his career.

He skipped Wimbledon and all the commitments on the grass, what is certain is that Nadal will participate in the next Olympics, and that he will try to win a major medal, maybe even in pairs with his heir Carlos Alcaraz.

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Rafael Nadal© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport

But first, the 22-time Grand Slam champion will compete in the Bastad ATP 250 tournament, which will help him get in the best conditions in France. To better prepare this commitment, the Spaniard went to the facilities of his academy in Greece, where he is training intensively, obviously on clay courts.

In a week it is planned to move to Sweden, where it will approach the penultimate event before the Paris Olympics.

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