In the weeks leading up to the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal had to deal with some physical problems. The Spanish champion complained of severe back pain and was unable to prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year in the best possible conditions.
In fact, Nadal missed all the singles matches he was supposed to play in the ATP Cup and continued to treat his back during the Australian Open. In Melbourne, the Majorcan reached the quarter-finals and lost an incredible match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, wasting a two-set lead to nil.
After the Australian experience, Nadal decided to take a further break just to recover 100% from a physical point of view. The 20-time winner of a Grand Slam tournament has given up on the Acapulco and Dubai tournaments, and has now announced that he will not even take part in the Masters 1000 in Miami, scheduled from March 24 to April 4.
"I'm sorry to announce that I will not play in Miami, a city I love," Nadal wrote on his Twitter account. “I need to fully recover and prepare for the clay court season in Europe. A special message to my fans in the United States and in particular to the large Spanish FL community, which always gives me great support ”.
Nadal therefore does not want to take unnecessary risks in view of his favorite part of the season. It is on earth that he will try to win the twenty-first Grand Slam of his career and become the player with the most majors in tennis history.
Last year, Nadal proved that in Paris he is always the man to beat and literally dominated the tournament. In an interview with a Spanish publication, the current World Number 3 said that he loves his fish grilled with potatoes and onions and a generous dash of his favorite virgin olive oil.
Rafael Nadal says he loves fish grilled with potatoes and onions
While conceding that Rafael Nadal is not skilled enough to rustle up a heady range of mouthwatering dishes, he does “like to cook”. “It’s not that I know how to do thousands of things, but I really like the ones I do and I enjoy cooking,” the Spaniard said.
Nadal added that he also prefers visiting the market “or supermarket” himself in Manacor and “choose the fish”. “Then I prepare it at home in the oven with potatoes, onion…and a lot of oil!” Nadal said, adding that it was one of “favorite” and “most recurring” dishes.
Saying that he intends to expand his “repertoire of recipes” going forward, Nadal said that his hometown is known for “good fish and prawns” and he likes to cook them in the “simplest” manner to retain their natural flavor.
“The grilled Soller prawns, little cooked, are wonderful,” the Spaniard added. Nadal said he likes his pasta too but eats less of it these days as he has to watch his diet too.