Rafael Nadal has delivered a speech to the 39 students who have completed their studies, urging them to overcome the obstacles that will be encountered in the future: "If I have learned something these years is to always try to get up," said the winner of 20 Grand titles Slams.
"In the future we will be following in your footsteps and rejoicing in all your professional and personal successes, which I am sure there will be many," Nadal said at a graduation ceremony in which Ona Carbonell, captain of the Spanish synchronized swimming team, also participated.
"But I have to tell you that not everything will be joys along the way," the Balearic tennis player warned them. “You will have bad times, periods of doubt and many obstacles that will come between you and your goals.
And it will be those painful moments that will help you grow as students, as tennis players, as professionals and above all, as people”, he pointed out. Nadal insisted on highlighting the ability to overcome adversity: “Sometimes you will achieve what you are looking for in a short space of time and sometimes it will take longer to achieve it.
But if you give one hundred percent, you can never blame yourself for anything. You know that I don't usually give a lot of advice, but if I've learned something over the years is to always try to get up”.
Nadal turned 35 during the French Open
In a massive disappointment for his legions of fans, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympics.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Rafael Nadal said.
“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition,” Nadal added.
The Spaniard, who picked up two titles in a grueling clay court season, crashed out in the semifinals at Roland-Garros after losing to eventual champion and current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a tense four-setter. “The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season.
They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term,” the Spaniard said. “Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles,” he added.