Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly one of the most popular and admired athletes in the modern history of sport. The Spanish phenomenon is endowed with an out of the ordinary perseverance, thanks to which he has overcome countless physical problems, extending his career beyond all expectations.
Winning Roland Garros for the 13th time in October last year, the 34-year-old Majorcan equaled the all-time record of eternal rival Roger Federer by crowning a very long chase. In the 2021 edition of the Parisian Grand Slam, the former world number 1 will hunt for a historic overtaking, as long as the tournament is not postponed or canceled due to the health situation in France.
The start of the season did not smile at the legend of Manacor, forced into the pits by an annoying back problem. Rafa, who has only played in the Australian Open so far, is expected to return to the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 in mid-April.
In a recent interview with one of his sponsors, Nadal praised his uncle Toni's vital contribution to his growth process.
Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal started working hard from a young age
“My uncle was the coach of the Manacor Tennis Club, and when I was three years old, I started going.
I think that, from 8-9 years old, maybe 8, it did seem that I had a little bit of outstanding qualities,” Rafael Nadal said. Both Toni and Rafa Nadal worshipped perseverance and humility and worked their way into the big league.
The 34-year-old reflected on how they took on every opportunity they received. The Spaniard added, “We took things seriously, and the goals that my uncle had with me were ambitious. As a child, obviously, the next goal was every game I played here in Mallorca more than anything else”.
World No.3 Rafael Nadal will be making a big announcement tomorrow. He recently posted a video on his Instagram handle informing fans about the same. Although fans still don’t know what he will be announcing tomorrow, Nadal gave some hints to the fans.
“Without it, there is no defeat or victory, celebration or joy. Without it, you cannot enjoy what is important. Do you have an idea of what I mean? I’ll tell you tomorrow!” wrote Rafa in the caption. Even though Rafa hasn’t played a professional match since the Australian Open 2021, he’ll begin his clay-court campaign soon.
Fans have really high expectations from him and believe that he can surely surpass Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally this year. Will Nadal be able to defend his title at the French Open this year?