Rafael Nadal: 'When you accumulate problems, you have...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'When you accumulate problems, you have...'

Adelaide will be the city that will host at least 50 people including players and staff during the quarantine period imposed by the local government before taking part in the Australian Open. Tennis Australia has in fact closed an agreement with the South Australian government, obtaining that Adelaide was the city that could host the "big" of the Australian Open in quarantine.

For its part, the city will host an exhibition of the best tennis players in the world (the first 3 ATPs and the first 3 WTAs) on 29 and 30 January. For this reason, Nadal, Djokovic and Thiem will have to pass the period of preventive isolation by force in Adelaide; same fate for Halep and Osaka.

No problem instead of quarantine for Ashleigh Barty being already Australian and being on site. Speaking recently on the 'Saber Vivir' show for Spanish network television, Rafael Nadal revealed the extent to which he has been ravaged by injuries, and what his mindset has been like while dealing with it all.

Rafael Nadal on his multiple injuries

"When you accumulate problems, it is also not only the momentary issue but what remains inside your head and how it disappoints you to see what to do when you get injured. But, you have to return," said the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Rafael Nadal has had injuries on his shoulder, wrist, abdomen, hamstring, right ankle, knee and back, just to name a few body parts. The Spaniard has also undergone surgery multiple times, including a strenuous operation for knee tendinitis in 2009 and another for a long-term wrist injury in 2016.

But Nadal has bounced back strongly each time, primarily because he devotes himself fully to the recovery process. Rafael Nadal has been incredibly successful at the Olympics. Back in 2008, he won his first Gold Medal in singles and eight years later he won his second one, this time in the doubles event.

When he plays in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, he will be competing for his third Gold medal. No man has done this Open era, and we’ll have to wait and see if Rafa can be the first. In Olympics tennis singles, the player with the most match wins in the men’s category is Roger Federer.

He has won 13 matches but Rafa is not far behind at 10 and he is surely looking to go past him. Clearly, a bunch of records lie in store for Rafa in the year 2021. He is surely looking to get his hands on them in order to cement his place as the GOAT of tennis.