Feliciano Lopez predicts Rafael Nadal will win the Roland Garros

The former Spanish tennis player believes in the Parisian triumph of his legendary countryman

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Feliciano Lopez predicts Rafael Nadal will win the Roland Garros
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In a recent interview during the sports gala organized by the Spanish Olympic Committee, the former Spanish player Feliciano Lopez admitted that he misses being a player, however saying he is happy and stimulated by his new managerial position.

The Spaniard then responded to a question about his plans for the 2024 sports season, also joking about countryman and friend Rafael Nadal. "I am very clear about it. That Nadal wins the Roland Garros. Everything indicates that it will be his last active season and of course I would like him to come to Madrid, as director of the tournament.

But for months I have been thinking about the possibility of seeing Rafa win in Paris , it would be incredible and it would be the best crowning achievement of his career. For world sport it is fantastic that an iconic tennis player like him is returning.

Then there are the Olympic Games, but well, I don't want to say too much about the event, I know that if I were to hearing all this would make him angry," explained Feliciano. Rafa Nadal's come back is expected at the end of 2023, at the ATP 250 in Brisbane.

And in the meantime, Feliciano has said goodbye to the tennis court in 2023

2023 was Feliciano Lopez's last tennis season, after almost twenty years of career. On 29 June 2023, the then 41-year-old Spaniard said goodbye to tennis, playing his last match in the quarter-finals of the Mallorca tournament against the German Yannick Hanfmann.

A very long career, in which Feliciano won 7 ATP titles in singles, 4 in doubles (including the Roland Garros in 2016) and 5 Davis Cups with his national team, reaching up to 12th position in the world ranking. Since July 15, Lopez has held the position of Director of the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, chosen by the International Federation to replace David Ferrer, as well as being director of the ATP Master 1000 in Madrid.

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