'I dare not imagine Rafael Nadal's record if the clay...', says former star

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'I dare not imagine Rafael Nadal's record if the clay...', says former star

The clay court tour is not over and we could say that its main tournament is missing, which will begin next week but the men's and women's Entry List of the 2021 edition of the Wimbledon tournament, the third Slam of the year, has been published in the last few hours.

There is great anticipation for this tournament, especially this year, given that last year Wimbledon was canceled due to the Pandemic and also because this could be the last time to see Roger Federer at work at Wimbledon.

The Swiss tennis player, on the threshold of 40 years, dreams of the great enterprise, but with the passing of months (and years) this appears increasingly difficult. Compared to Roland Garros it seems that everyone will be there at Wimbledon and we will see the return to the circuit of both Nick Kyrgios (absent in Paris) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

Compared to previous years, the pandemic has brought about several changes, tennis players will not be able to rent the typical private houses near the tournament, but they will all have to stay in the official hotel. Here is the men's Entry List.

The Entry List includes all the top 10 in the world with Roger Federer starting from number 8, just ahead of the blue tennis player Matteo Berrettini. To decipher the situation relating to the top positions with Novak Djokovic currently ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev and with the king of clay and twenty-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal in third position.

In the male Entry List, made up of 104 athletes, there are 9 Italians. Guide Matteo Berrettini to number 9, immediately followed by the young blue talent Jannik Sinner who will be seeded and who for the first time will tread the green fields of Wimbledon.

Then there are Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini, Stefano Travaglia, Salvatore Caruso, Gianluca Mager, Lorenzo Musetti and Andreas Seppi complete the list. In the women's draw stands out the presence of Serena Williams, among the favorites and with all the fans curious to understand if the American will win the 24th career Grand Slam title, thus reaching the record of Billie Jean King.

Lisnard pays tribute to Rafael Nadal

Jean-Rene Lisnard recently threw his weight behind Rafael Nadal in the GOAT debate. In the aftermath of Nadal's Italian Open triumph last week, Lisnard asserted that the Spaniard's claim to the title of GOAT would have been stronger if there had been more claycourt events on the ATP tour.

"In Rome, Nadal has again proved that he was really above (everyone else)," Lisnard said. "For me, he is the strongest, even finally in front of Roger Federer whom I love so much." The Monegasque believes Nadal would have been the choice for the GOAT if clay tournaments were as prevalent as hardcourt ones.

"He is playing for nothing," Lisnard continued. "After that, we would not even ask ourselves this question of GOAT if there were a few more tournaments on clay during the year. The circuit is still ultra dominated by the hard.

I do not find that necessarily logical and I dare not imagine Rafa's record if the clay was more present on the international scene."