Tennis star Rafael Nadal is known to be a humble person. After enjoying great success, the Spaniard still holds his core values and has not changed as an individual. It is this attitude of yours that has helped you maintain success for so many years.
Recently, Nadal made an interesting revelation. He mentioned that he would give up his French Open title if it meant erasing all the unfortunate incidents that have affected humanity over the past year. The Spanish player was referring to the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused serious losses to humanity around the world.
Rafa affirmed: “I would take away that Roland Garros because I could erase everything that happened. They have been hard times because many people have lost their families, their jobs. Playing again was difficult because I really didn't know if he wanted to come back or not.
I missed the US Open, but I needed to make that decision. My preparation at Roland Garros was poor and I hardly played tournaments." Rafael Nadal's exploits over the past one year earned him the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Thursday.
The Spaniard won a record-extending 13th Roland Garros title in 2020, simultaneously equalling Roger Federer's all-time record for 20 Grand Slams, which was the main reason why he was selected for the prestigious accolade.
Rafael Nadal on his extraordinary achievements in Paris
"So I missed the US Open last year - that was tough, but it was a decision that I needed to take," Rafael Nadal stated. "And then I just played Rome and Roland Garros.
Finally, I was able to have success there. I didn't play many tournaments [this year], only Australia before Monte Carlo," Rafael Nadal said. "Every decision is respectful under the circumstances. And for me I make decisions thinking about my happiness, more than anything else.
That's why I'm not playing that much. But I have developed the competitive spirit that I had when I had been playing [more]." He also claimed that winning titles, while always a difficult task, has become even tougher as he has got closer to his mid-30s.
"I hate to talk about me in that way," Rafael Nadal said. "But of course to repeat the title for these 13 times, in some way you need to be a little bit better than the others in that tournament. Because if you are equal, it's very difficult to be lucky enough to achieve all this.
Winning titles, for me, has always been difficult," he added. "And today for sure is even more difficult, because at the age of 35 (he turns 35 in June), normally it is more difficult to win titles than when you are 25."