During a long interview with puntodebreak.com, the young Spanish tennis star Ariana Geerlings talked about her three-year experience at the Rafa Nadal Academy. The rising star shared words of great admiration for both Rafael Nadal and his uncle Toni.
She also explained why the Academy causes many injuries. According to the girls, this is because the academy encourages a lot of training and little rest. "They train for many hours, and Toni Nadal is very present. He trained me a lot.
They take the same philosophy as Rafa, a lot of training and little rest, totally focused on the court. That caused many injuries, because no one has Rafa's physique. Many of us couldn't keep up with the pace of training five hours a day and not having rest days.
But it is an incredible experience, they supported me from the first day. Maybe I left when I was very young, you move away from your parents and that is hard, although it was good for me to mature and realize the sacrifice that this career entails.They also made it easier for me in my studies; at home, it would have been different," said the young girl.
And meanwhile, speaking of injuries, Rafa is ready to play after almost a year out!
Rafa suffered a serious psoas muscle injury during the 2023 Australian Open and has not returned since. Nadal has been out of action since the Australian Open, the match against the American MacKenzie McDonald.
From that moment on, the injury took longer and longer and Rafa never took the field again. Now, as officially confirmed in a post X, Nadal has revealed that he will take to the court in the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane, his first event in over a year.
Rafa will thus test his condition in view of the Australian Open and evaluate his chances. Nadal's dream is to become competitive again and perhaps try to win the Roland Garros, the tournament that made him famous and which he won 14 times, consequently inserting him into the history of the sport. Nadal can't wait and in the last few minutes he posted a video on social media relating to his injury.