No Wimbledon and no Olympics. This is Rafael Nadal's decision. The Spanish champion, fresh from the defeat against Novak Djokovic in Bois de Boulogne, has announced it on social channels. "It's never an easy decision to make but after listening to my body and discussing with my team, I realized it's the right choice to make.
The goal is obviously to extend my career and keep doing what makes me happy, which is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for professional and personal goals at the highest level, "he explained over the course of a long message.
He therefore clears both the reasons and the timing. The Spaniard, before approaching Paris, had closed the string of tournaments on clay-courts with two victories (Barcelona and Rome) and two quarter-finals, reached first in Monte-Carlo and then in Madrid.
Clijsters: "Serena and Venus Williams got a lot of sh*t for..."
On the Spaniard's decision, a New Yorker writer retweeted Nadal's recent retirement announcement from Wimbledon with the caption: "Seems to me that Naomi Osaka started a very healthy trend of listening to one's body."
However, 4-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters was quick to note along with others that the trend began long before, crediting Venus and Serena Williams as the main trailblazers. Clijsters tweeted: "Venus and Serena started it I thinkresponse to the original.
They got a lot of sh*t for it but it’s the reason why we are still able to enjoy their tennis." It has been a few years now that Serena Williams has returned to the WTA Tour to try to win a Slam tournament again and thus reach the incredible record of 24 Slams.
Beyond this Serena Williams is now in the history of this sport and everything that sees her as the protagonist of her puts her in the spotlight. In her career, Clijsters won forty-one WTA singles titles, including four Grand Slam tournaments (three US Open and one Australian Open) and three year-end Masters, becoming world number one in August 2003 and winning the Fed Cup with the Belgium in 2001.
It’s been happening for a while — Rennae Stubbs OLY (@rennaestubbs) June 19, 2021