At the beginning of his career, numerous insiders were convinced that Rafael Nadal would soon retire from tennis. The Spanish champion has denied everyone by winning many Slams even after passing the age of 30. In an interview with Spanish publication La Voz de Galicia, Nadal was asked how he would like to be remembered in the future and the 33-year-old gave a thoughtful response.
"As someone good people, more than anything," Nadal replied. "I want to leave tennis leaving an impression of being a normal person, with close and good people. And that the people who have worked with me during all these years on the circuit have a positive memory of me as a human being, not as a tennis player.
It is one thing to be humble and another to be silly. I will remember it as a tennis player because I have achieved special things. But the most important thing for me is personal relationships, far beyond any sports memory one may have.
The sports career passes but personal relationships last over time and help you be happy. There is nothing more important in this life. If you have 30 grand slams, but don't have friends, you are going to have an unhappy future.
Better to have zero grand slams and go to work every day anywhere with a discreet monthly salary and have a good relationship and good companies. This gives you happiness more than any money you can have or any achievement you can achieve. I have it very very clear" - the former World number 1 added.