Rafa Nadal says he didn't seek change for himself, but for tennis' Next Gen



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Rafa Nadal says he didn't seek change for himself, but for tennis' Next Gen

Rafael Nadal was greeted by reporters upon his arrival in Mallorca, with the subject of interest about his criticism regarding the current playing surfaces used in the tennis circuit. In response, the world no. 1 stressed, 'When there are more injuries than usual, it's because something happens,' as quoted by Ultima Hora.

'I gave my opinion at the beginning of the tournament, not in the heat of the moment, and I didn't do it for personal interest. At 31, I don't ask for any surface change, or of calendar and balls either, but I ask to bring in some changes in favour of the next generations of tennis players.

Improving their life's quality would be very good, especially for their health. A very few sports are (almost entirely) played on hard, very aggressive surfaces, but I am another player who has his own opinion. I didn't criticise our sport, we are lucky to have all the facilities of the Tour.

We are privileged to have the organization. It's only a matter of health,' he added. The ATP commented on these statements through a short statement to El Mundo: 'We have already said it. There aren't more injuries, it's a similar percentage to previous years'.

What happens is that in this injured players' group, now there are more higher ranked players.' Meanwhile, Nadal isn't thinking about retiring either. 'I don't know until when I will play, if for three, four or five years.

But when this moment will come, I will know it and I won't be afraid,' said Nadal, who confirmed he plans to compete again in Acapulco. Interviewed by El Espanol, Nadal's doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro explained that several factors contributed to the injury to his hip.

'The match with Schwartzman was very tough and played at high temperature, there was a loss of fluids, then (there was) another intense match with Cilic, with lots of rhythm changes. All this increased pressure on the area little-by-little and an abrupt movement can aggravate the injury.

We have to see how rest and physiotherapy help him. We're talking about a muscle that needs time and needs to be treated carefully. At the beginning, there will be certain movements he won't be able to do. [But] there's time.

There are five weeks left till his first planned tournament, and if they aren't five, they'll be more, whatever needed. The most important thing is that there's room for us to do things properly.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I was feeling that something bad could have happened'