Rafael Nadal will also miss the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, scheduled for March 15-21. The # 2 Spanish tennis player in the world, struggling with a back problem, announced it last night on his Twitter account. "I am very sorry not to participate in Acapulco 2021 - wrote Nadal -.
It is a difficult year for everyone and in my current state of health, with this back pain, it makes it impossible to make such a long journey. I love Acapulco, where I played in the last 4 years, but this year it was not possible.
Hopefully in 2022! ", he concluded. Nadal, 34, had already announced two days ago for the same reason his retirement from the tournament in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, scheduled from 1 to 7 March. Rafael Nadal recently spoke at length on several topics during an interview with Veja.
The Spaniard touched upon the ‘GOAT’ debate and his rivalry with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, while also lamenting his unfortunate and never-ending tryst with injuries.
Rafael Nadal on the Big 3's greatness
“Honestly, I don’t remember ever playing without pain,” Rafael Nadal said.
“In the past few years, I have been experiencing pain more often and you need to learn to live with it, as long as it doesn’t stop you from playing. I had to change a lot in my game and in my training. I changed routines, trained less hours than I would like, improved my serve and my positioning.
Everything evolves, one way or the other." The Mallorcan believes that the best time to measure a player's greatness is after that player has retired. "I don’t think it is in any way up to me to make a comment like that (on him being the GOAT)," Rafael Nadal continued.
"People like to speculate, which is why they make these comparisons. When my career is over, we will have enough time to remember my achievements and understand the place I occupy in the history of tennis." During his interview, the 34-year-old touched upon the topic of fame, revealing that it does not affect his personality.
Nadal called himself a ‘reserved person’ who primarily enjoys spending time with his loved ones. "I never said specifically that I don’t like being famous," Nadal said. "What I usually say is that fame does not affect me or my behavior.
It is true that I am a reserved person. I am used to a life in Mallorca where I can be an ordinary person, just a man with his family and friends."