Rafael Nadal explained why living on an island takes several advantages. The Spanish champion winner of 21 Grand Slam titles said it during interview with VICE magazine. Nadal explained: "My family is really important to me, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
When I think of my island, I associate it with peace and family. That's where I take away the stress of competition. When I return to Manacor, I feel like a normal person and I relax with my loved ones. Living on an island allows me to have a quiet and pleasant life."
The new director of the Roland Garros Amelie Mauresmo said about Rafa: "I followed what happened during the tournament in Rome. He knows his physique better than anyone else. This is an injury he has been living with for several years.
We are in contact with him, but there is nothing we can do. We cross our fingers and we hope to have the best players in Paris."
Rafael Nadal and the Slam in Paris
The 21-time Grand Slam champion will not show up at Roland Garros in the best conditions.
Rafa won their first 20 games in 2022, a streak that ended against Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final. Due to a stress fracture in a rib, Rafa had to miss the first appointments on clay and the pain in his foot was felt again during the Masters 1000 in Rome.
Nadal left everyone without words at the start of the season. Fresh from a long stop due to injury and arrived in Melbourne without great expectations, the Spanish champion has once again shown that he is one of the greatest athletes of all time.
In a tournament that had often been hostile to him in the past, the former world number 1 broke the bank by winning his 21st career major. Thanks to that triumph, the 35-year-old from Manacor overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings.