Tennis: A few days away from a big comeback, Nadal already impresses
Injured since July 8 and his abdominal tear at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal will make his comeback to competition. Indeed, the Spaniard is expected at the Cicinnati Tournament, which will serve as a preparation just before the US Open. And he already seems to impress before his big return to competition…
Rafael Nadal continues to impress. At 36, the Spaniard is currently preparing for the next US Open. A return to competition with a bang, since since last July 8 and his abdominal tear at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal did not participate in a competition. In this context, the Spaniard will very soon participate in the Cincinnati Tournament, which will serve as a preparation before resuming competition in the hard to the US Open. And Nadal is already impressing…
F1: After Leclerc, Sainz addresses a big tackle to Ferrari https://t.co/NfrvKiQYqz pic.twitter.com/8js2mKx0Ju
— le10sport (@le10sport) August 15, 2022
“I’m sure he plays practice matches every day”
Thus, in remarks made on Tennis ChannelAndy Roddick talked about the big comeback of Rafael Nadal in the competition on the occasion of Cincinnati Tournament. “I congratulate Rafa’s team for managing to get him to play on Wednesday night, giving him as much time as possible to prepare and train. But listen, you know Rafa is serious when he arrives at a tournament almost a week early to get used to Cincinnati conditions. I’m sure he plays practice matches every day. So Rafa isn’t there – he wouldn’t sacrifice his health at the US Open to play in Cincinnati if he didn’t feel capable of playing a game on Wednesday night.
“Everything is not going to be perfect right away”
Otherwise, Rafael Nadal let go in a press conference concerning his return to competition. Indeed, he spoke of the keys to a return after several weeks of absence following his injury before his entry into the running at Cincinnati. “The first thing is to be aware that everything is not going to be perfect right away. You can’t expect to play at an exceptional level right from the start. Once you know that, once you’ve accepted it, you have to be humble enough to hang in there with the tools of the moment and win the first match. When you win a game or two, things start to change.” He also spoke about the difficulties he could face on the court when he returns to competition. “You have to accept the difficulties that will arise, especially in a Masters 1000. When you come back to a 250, or even sometimes to a Grand Slam, if you have a little luck in the draw, even if you know how to play very well, you can win a few matches and give you time to raise your level of play. In Masters 1000, adversity is relieved from the start. You have to play at a very high level right away. That’s what I need to do. I’m going to try “.
“The most important thing for me is to stay healthy”
Besides, the Spaniard was asked about his ambitions on his return to competition. Rafael Nadal took the opportunity to calm the game, and discuss his return. “The most important thing for me is to stay healthy. If not, everything else is impossible. As I said at the start of the season, being number 1 in the world can no longer be a goal. I don’t play for that. If it happens because I play very well in every tournament I participate in, great, of course. It’s an opportunity that I probably never could have imagined happening again. But I won’t play again more than I think my body can handle. I’m also going to have a baby! I’m just going to give it my all on every event I go to.” concluded Nadal. Something to bode well for his return to competition…