A Roland Garros without Rafael Nadal? Concern is growing on the side of the Porte d’Auteuil. Away from classes for several months and his injury to theAustralian Open, the Majorcan continues his rehabilitation and training in order to be ready for Roland Garros which begins on May 28th. If his entourage wants to be reassuring and explains that “Rafa” will be ready for the French Open in order to obtain a 15th coronation, a video of one of his last training sessions shows that the Spaniard is very far from being at 100 %.
Llegan imágenes preocupantes del entreno de hoy de Rafa Nadal. Los plazos de recuperación del psoas hace timpo que dejaron de cumplirse, y parece evident que sigue más lejos de su 100% de lo que pensábamos.
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A few weeks ago, his uncle, Toni Nadal, spoke in Spain to reassure fans of the living legend. “Rafael is in the process of healing. Obviously, he will not arrive with very good preparation (at Roland Garros), we must not hide our face. I believe that he has not played a match since the January 10, and before that he hadn’t played much in competition either. But I think Rafael knows how to get back into shape quite quickly.” Felix Auger Aliassime’s mentor, Toni Nadal has also been seen for a few days next to his nephew , good omen or worry… The countdown has begun.
Short biography of Rafael Nadal. Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, a town on the island of Majorca in Spain. Attracted very early by sport, in particular football and basketball, he discovered tennis and held a racket from the age of four where he benefited from the skills of his uncle Toni Nadal to teach him the discipline. Very quickly, Toni Nadal will transform his nephew into a real “monster of tennis”, capable of winning the biggest trophies. He won his first competition at eight years old in the Balearic Islands.
When he was 14, the Spanish tennis federation asked him to leave his hometown of Manacor to join Barcelona to continue his progress with the aim of becoming a professional. But the Nadal family refuses to see little Rafael join Catalonia and the federation reduces the amount of its aid, which will be compensated by Rafael’s father to meet the needs of his son. A true hope of Spanish tennis, the native of Manacor won the “Petits As” tournament in Tarbes in 2000, the unofficial world championship for 13-14 year olds where he notably beat the Frenchman Richard Gasquet. He turned professional in 2001 after replacing Boris Becker during an exhibition in Mallorca against Pat Cash where “Rafa” won against the then 36-year-old American.
After being a semi-finalist Wimbledon Among the Juniors in 2002, nothing stopped Rafael Nadal, who immediately won on the ATP world circuit. Winner of his first Grand Slam tournament at the age of 19, Rafael Nadal enjoys an extraordinary track record. The Mallorcan has won 21 Grand Slam tournaments, including thirteen on the clay courts of Roland-Garros, a record. Olympic medalist in 2008, quadruple winner of the Davis Cup with Spain, Rafael Nadal won everything during his career. Considered the best clay court player in the history of tennis, “Rafa” manages to dethrone Roger Federer from his place as world number one on August 18, 2008. A place he then held for 46 consecutive weeks.
Born right-handed, Rafael Nadal plays tennis with his left hand, his uncle having chosen to develop this aspect of his game to obtain a more powerful two-handed backhand. Known for his fair play and sportsmanship, Rafael Nadal is also renowned for being one of the most combative players on the circuit and an excellent defender who is difficult to overwhelm. His many routines during a match (meticulously placing his water bottles, touching his nose and then his hair at each point, etc.) are another characteristic of the character.
Since the start of his professional career in 2001, Rafael Nadal has won 92 titles, including 22 Grand Slams (2 Australian Open, 14 Roland-Garros, 2 Wimbledon and 4 U.S. Open). Out of 1270 professional matches played, the Majorcan won 1058.
Since his time on the professional circuit in 2001, Rafael Nadal has won over $130 million in prize money ($130,681,472m). His personal fortune is estimated at just 200 million dollars, the Majorcan has invested his money in real estate markets or in his foundation to help underprivileged or disabled children by using sport as a means of integration.
Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros
The most successful player in the history of Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal has a special relationship with the Parisian Grand Slam, which he has won fourteen times, including four times without losing a set (2008, 2010, 2017 and 2020). This tournament is special for the Mallorcan, so much so that he has his statue near the Porte d’Auteuil.
Sincerely moved, “Rafa” declared: “It’s something special and important for me. It’s the most important tournament of my career. When I come here, I feel like home.”
What is Rafael Nadal’s ranking?
In the top 10 since 2005, Rafael Nadal became on March 3 the only player in history with 6,000 consecutive days spent in the top 10 places in the ATP rankings. A unique performance for the one who managed to dethrone Roger Federer to the rank of world No. 1, a place last occupied by the Spaniard on January 20, 2020.