Rafa Roundup: ‘Nadal is excited to come back and retire on court’, says uncle Toni
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- “If Rafael Nadal plays tennis again, he will do so competitively; being away with your family & child can help you” – Feliciano Lopez | sportskeeda.com
“Of that I am sure, that if Rafa plays tennis again, he will do so competitively. Sometimes being away from the slopes helps you to see things in a different way, to return with enthusiasm.”
“Because keep in mind that spending 15 or 20 years at that level of demand saturates you mentally. Being away with your family and with your child can help you,” Lopez said.
“He is fine, and his recovery is going well. Knowing Rafa and seeing his career, it is very difficult for me to see him enter a tennis court without feeling competitive. If everything goes well, in 2024 we will see him playing well. At what level?”
“It is difficult to know because it is unknown. It’s been a long time, after the injury at Wimbledon 2022, he played very little. But he has the rest of the year to recover,” Lopez said.
- Rafael Nadal’s hotel chain Zel set to debut in Mexico in 2025 | Hotel Managment Network
ifestyle hotel brand Zel, a joint venture between Meliá Hotels International and tennis ace Rafael Nadal, has signed a deal to open its first hotel in Mexico.
The new property, which represents a key milestone in the hotel chain’s growth strategy, will be operating under the name Zel Sayulita. To be located on the beachfront, the newly built hotel is expected to open in 2025. It will feature 145 rooms, a central courtyard and restaurants.
- Rafael Nadal’s Generational Battles in Canada | National Bank Open
While he is the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal has had more than his fair share of big moments on hard courts too. Many of those have come in Canada, where the Spaniard is a five-time champion. He is the second-winningest man in the history of the National Bank Open and it is his most-successful event on a hard court. On more than one occasion, matches he has played in Canada have dictated the course of the ATP Tour.
- Ryan Baird: Ireland lock on fishing, Rafael Nadal, Paul O’Connell and the Springboks | BBC
Making the final 33-man World Cup squad and representing Ireland in France would undoubtedly surpass the England game as the apex of Baird’s international career but it is interesting to note that he didn’t idolise Irish World Cup stars of previous generations growing up. Indeed, the sportsperson that really caught his eye was tennis star Rafael Nadal, whose “fight, competitiveness and passion” captured a young Baird’s imagination.
“I wouldn’t have really looked up to anybody in rugby,” he reveals.
“It was more tennis, Nadal was my idol when I was growing up. I enjoyed watching and playing rugby but it would have been Nadal who I idolised.”
I struggled against Rafa the most. Yeah, just because of his topspin and lefty, you know.Roger Federer
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