Rafael Nadal’s fans can now rest easy knowing that Uncle Toni Nadal has confirmed his participation at the French Open. “Rafael *will* play Roland Garros,” tennis’ favorite uncle Toni told Radio Marca, a radio channel in Barcelona. Toni said that the 36-year old Spaniard will not retire. ” He does not think about retiring, he just wants to get better and compete. is his passion,” said the 62-year old Nadal.
The news is a relief for the Rafael Nadal community as well as tennis fans in general, who are still suffering from the effects Roger Federer’s recent retirement. Tennis fans may find it difficult to accept the fact that they will not be able to see a second “Big 3” match. Novak Djokovic’s injury flare-ups and his deteriorating form made the situation for tennis fans even worse.
In a recent interview, Carlos Moya expressed concern about Nadal’s fitness. He stated that the player will not have an ideal physical condition, but knowing Nadal will do his best. Nadal missed all of the important tournaments that led up to the French Open including Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The Madrid Open is also still ongoing. The lack of preparation he has suffered due to these missed tournaments is also cause for concern.
Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic Race to 23
If all goes according to plan, it seems that everyone’s favourite rivalry will return in the French Open if everything goes as planned. It will be more exciting this time because Novak Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams. The world is curious to see who will be the first to reach 23 Grand Slams. Both players’ fitness has recently been a threat to the championship.
Rafael Nadal has not prepared as well as he should have, and people are worried that this will be his worst defense of title ever. Nadal’s fans worry that this will be his worst French Open campaign on his favorite court.
The fitness of Novak Djokovic could also limit the player’s chances at the French Open. Recently, he has lost two clay matches to players outside the Top 10. Lorenzo Musetti at the Monte Carlo Open, and Dusan Ljovic at the Banja Luka Open. Does that mean there could be a new tennis champion in the world this year? After 7 years, a new name will be on the podium. It will be exciting to watch Rafael Nadal work his magic once again on the court. But it will also exciting to see another name on the plaque for the French Open.