Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal: "He's used to fighting"

To the microphones of Talking Tennis, Toni Nadal made some interesting statements about his nephew's future

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Uncle Toni on Rafael Nadal: "He's used to fighting"

Through his Twitter account, Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not take part in the Monte-Carlo tournament. The Spaniard has decided to postpone his return to the major circuit in order not to compromise his body in view of Roland Garros.

"Hi everyone, I still don't feel ready to compete at the highest level. I won't be able to play in one of the most important tournaments of my career, Monte Carlo. I'm not yet in condition to play with maximum guarantees and I continue my preparation process, hoping to return soon." The injury suffered at the Australian Open therefore forced the Majorcan to miss the first three Masters 1000 of the season.

According to what was declared by the new director of the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona, namely David Ferrer, Nadal should return to the field right at the Open Banc Sabadell.

Uncle Toni's words on Nadal's future

To the microphones of Talking Tennis, Toni Nadal made some interesting statements about his nephew's future.

Ge said: "He's fine, but it's not easy to know exactly your condition when you're not playing. Match and training are two different things. Withdraw? Had he retired earlier, he probably would have won one less Roland Garros.

You never know. The truth is that at Wimbledon against Taylor Fritz he knew he couldn't play the next match. But I think he was playing well at Wimbledon. He won the Australian Open and reached the semifinals in London. When you are there, it is normal to try and play.

After that tournament he had many problems: he practically didn't take part in the Indoor Tour. He has not been able to train and compete. At Roland Garros things are different. Even when he's not in top form, you know Rafa could make an effort because he controls strength and speed.

In other contexts, however, it is very difficult. Rafa is 36 years old, his body no longer responds as before. He doesn't need to train much, he has to play. He will keep playing until he feels he can win. He is used to always fighting.

Rafa knows that in tennis, as in life, things are almost never perfect. You have to be willing to work hard when things don't go well."

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