Tennis star Rafael Nadal is known for being 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 stated: “I would give away that Roland Garros because it could erase everything that happened. It has been difficult times because many people have lost their families, their jobs. Playing again was difficult because I really didn't know if I wanted to go 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 year earned him the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Thursday.
The Spaniard won a record-setting 13th Roland Garros title in 2020, simultaneously equaling Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slams, which was the main reason he was selected for the prestigious accolade. "So I missed the US Open last year, it was difficult, but it was a decision I had to make," Rafael Nadal said.
"And then I played against Roma and Roland Garros. Finally, I was able to succeed there. I didn't play many tournaments [this year], just Australia before Monte-Carlo," Rafael Nadal said. "Every decision is respectful under the circumstances."
Zverev on Rafael Nadal's difficulties
Newly-crowned Madrid Open champion Alexander Zverev recently gave his thoughts on Rafael Nadal's prospects at this year's Roland Garros. Speaking to the media ahead of his participation at the Italian Open, Zverev asserted that Nadal was still the favorite to triumph in Paris despite his recent setbacks.
Zverev claimed Nadal will always be in with a chance of winning the French Open, and that he can't be considered beaten until he is actually out. "He's (Rafael Nadal) still the favorite, that hasn't changed," Zverev said.
"You have to beat him. The chance for him is relatively great. Our job is to prevent that from happening. Novak Djokovic, Domi, me and a few others, we can challenge him," Zverev remarked.