Rafael Nadal's humility: "I'll try to be a good doubles partner for Carlos Alcaraz"

The Spanish champion has decided to skip Wimbledon in order to focus his energies on the Olympic tournament, where he will also play doubles with his young countryman

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal's humility: "I'll try to be a good doubles partner for Carlos Alcaraz"
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There are unmissable events for a sportsman; Rafael Nadal knows this well and, precisely for this reason, he has decided to focus all his energies on the Paris Olympic Games, which tennis tournament will be played on the clay-courts of Roland Garros Stadium. Precisely for this reason, Rafa chose to skip Wimbledon, so as not to further complicate his preparation with the double switch: clay-grass and grass-clay. A necessary sacrifice, skipping the Championships, to be able to continue dreaming of an Olympic medal without taking risks with the change of surface. Perhaps any other tennis player would have chosen Wimbledon rather than the Olympic tournament, but not Rafa (hence the reference to the first sentence I wrote in this article, concerning the essential events for athletes, which obviously vary from athlete to athlete).

Rafael Nadal
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The Spaniard's ambition is to arrive in the best conditions to be a protagonist in the place that made him most famous: the Philippe Chatrier. For this reason, Nadal gave an interesting new interview to the Spanish media, who took advantage of his presence at the inauguration of a new hotel in Tossa de Mar in Girona to ask him some considerations in view of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

"I will try to arrive as prepared as possible. I haven't played in pairs for a long time, but Carlos Alcaraz is in a fantastic moment after winning at Roland Garros. I will try to arrive at my best to be a good partner for him," analyzed Nadal, replying to a question he was asked on the issue. Much anticipation is in fact linked to the doubles, which will see Nadal playing together with the young Carlitos, fresh from his victory in Paris.

"During my post-match press conference at Roland Garros I was asked about my summer calendar and since then I have been training only on clay. Yesterday it was announced that I will play in the Paris Olympics in the summer, my last.
With this goal, I believe (in mutual agreement with my team) that the best thing for my body is not to change surfaces and to continue playing on clay until that appointment. This is why I will miss playing the Wimbledon Championships this year. To prepare for the Olympic Games, I will participate in the Bastad tournament in Sweden. A competition that I played at the beginning of my career and in which I had a lot of fun, both on and off the pitch. I can't wait to see you all there,"
wrote Nadal in an Instagram story a few days ago, making official his renunciation of playing Wimbledon and, at the same time, his presence at the ATP 250 tournament in Sweden.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, the Spanish tennis champion told the recent graduates visiting the academy about him, what he spoke about with Roger Federer a few weeks ago, while they were filming a commercial in the Italian Alps. The crux of Nadal's speech is linked to the fact that the player from Mallorca and the Swiss tennis player agreed in the reasoning that the most important thing is how we will be remembered.

"A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit the Dolomites in Italy together with my friend and rival Roger Federer. There in the mountains we had an interesting conversation about a word that I think is very important: legacy. How would we like to be remembered in a few years? What do we want future generations to think of us? We were both very confident in our answers. It's nice that our achievements, titles and records are recognized, but, as the years go by, it's likely that someone new will come along and do it better.  What matters is how we will be remembered. We both want to be remembered as good people. We live in a society that focuses on the what and now, but we would like to highlight the importance of the how. People around you should see you as someone to copy because of your values," explained Rafa.

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