Rafael Nadal will be remembered as one of the most successful tennis players in history. The Spanish phenomenon, capable of becoming competitive even outside the red earth, totaling 19 Grand Slam titles, has achieved so many successes also thanks to his iron training regime.
Many expect the Majorcan to decide to skip the US Open to devote himself exclusively to Roland Garros, where a possible triumph would allow him to match the eternal rival Roger Federer at 20 Major titles. Despite not having received any confirmation or denial from his clan, Rafa has been seen training only on clay in the last few weeks.
On the other hand, there is still great uncertainty about the possibility of traveling to the United States, thanks to the serious problem of quarantine for Europeans on their return from the USA. This would prevent players from being able to participate in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome, which will be the prelude to Roland Garros.
In a recent interview, the former World number 1 analyzed the importance of physical exercise to maintain shape.
Rafael Nadal on how he disconnects
“The body feeling and satisfaction after having done a physical exercise is very positive.
It not only helps you at the health level but also at the level of happiness" - Rafael Nadal said. “When I can go out to sea is when I disconnect more. Also the simple fact of visiting friends, coming home and having the feeling of being one more”.
In 2020, the Spaniard managed to take part in the ATP Cup, Australian Open and Mexican Open before tennis came to an abrupt halt. Rafael Nadal won the Mexican Open and was runner-up at the ATP Cup, and made a total of $1,329,267 - which is a shortfall of $5,674,118.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would likely be unfazed by this decrease, as they are both quite wealthy. While Federer was adjudged the richest sportsperson in 2019, Nadal recently splurged around $6 million on his new luxury super yacht.
However, the figures show just how great an impact COVID-19 has had across the board. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have dominated tennis for over a decade now, winning an astonishing 56 Grand Slam titles between them.
Many believe they have almost reduced the entire spectacle of men’s tennis down to their three-way battle to finish their career with the most majors, and Mouratoglou isn’t expecting anything to change at Roland Garros this year, where Nadal has been successful to an unprecedented level.