Andy Roddick: "Rafael Nadal is a genius regardless of the surface"



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Andy Roddick: "Rafael Nadal is a genius regardless of the surface"

In the press conference held in Mallorca, Rafael Nadal dispelled all doubts and confirmed the rumors: he and his wife Xisca are expecting a child. It will therefore be the first paternity for the 36-year-old Spaniard, who also stated in the same conference that, if his body allows it, he will be present at the Wimbledon tournament scheduled for the end of the month.

Two long-awaited news from fans of the Majorcan tennis player, curious to see his favorite on the pitch on the London grass, absent in the last two editions of the British slam. Former number one Andy Roddick also expressed his opinion on the issues addressed by Nadal at a press conference.

Speaking to the Tennis Channel, the former American tennis player congratulated the Spanish champion and his wife for their sweet expectation: "Tennis is an important part of life, but I remember the first time we found out we were pregnant.

It makes tennis look so small. So congratulations to Rafa, Maria and the rest of their extended family. We all know how close that family is." The former number one then commented on Nadal’s possibility of participating in Wimbledon said: "Two good things: it looks like Rafa is on track after last week's foot surgery.

And of course, more important than any tennis tournament, the arrival of another Nadal. We want to see him play Wimbledon. We forget how well his game fits the grass. He has won it twice. Many of us wish we could win it once. Obviously, he's a genius regardless of the surface."

Roddick's words were echoed by those of another former American tennis player, Paul Annacone: "It will be really interesting to see what happens and how things develop with the foot. It is an unknown. We keep scratching our heads.

He talked about what he had to do to play Roland Garros with injections, basically to block the nerve. He said he wouldn't do it to play Wimbledon. It's nice to know you're halfway through the Grand Slam and it's still realistic.

But at some point you really try to figure out where your longevity and priorities are. For example, I want to see him play at Wimbledon, but above all I want to see him play for a few more years."