In Spain the situation is gradually returning to normal after the long quarantine period due to COVID-19. World number 2 Rafael Nadal took the opportunity to share the details of his training sessions during a complicated period.
Spain has had to deal with over 286,000 cases of Coronavirus and over 27,000 deaths from the virus. As a result, 19-time Grand Slam champion was also confined to his Manacor and suspended training for several weeks. Only on May 4, the former World number 1 was able to pick up his racket again.
At the moment there are no professional tournaments in sight until at least July 31st, so it is not easy for young people to find the right stimuli to train. In mid-June, the USTA will announce its decision regarding the holding of the US Open in Flushing Meadows.
Once the hypothesis of moving the last seasonal Slam away from New York has been rejected, a tournament will be held behind closed doors or (at best) with a limited number of spectators. All players would be subjected to a thorough check upon arrival in the Big Apple.
Nadal on his training regimen
In a recent interview with ESPN Argentina, Rafael Nadal talked at length about his training regimen. “I have been training on the track for a couple of weeks, but in a very calm way," Nadal said.
"It is important to minimize the risk of injury now, so I do not usually spend more than 1.5 hours on the court and there are days that I do not train. The best possible motivation is to improve every day, look for day-to-day illusions and know that if you do that job well, successes will come.
Training without objectives is boring." Nadal is a clay court specialist in the sense that he has been extremely successful on that surface. He has won 12 times at the French Open, 11 times at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, and nine at Rome.
However, Nadal has shed that label owing to his success on other surfaces, including holding simultaneous Grand Slam tournament titles on grass, hard courts, and clay on two separate occasions, winning ten Masters series titles on hard court, and winning the Olympic gold medal on hardcourt.
He has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam.