Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal share a lot in common: Both have had incredible success in their respective sports and are destined to be remembered as legends. While Nadal is nearing the end of his career, Woods, despite numerous injuries, is making a comeback, hinting that he might continue playing for many more years.
Woods deeply admires Nadal and understands the challenges he's faced with injuries throughout his career. Despite it all, Nadal never gave up, and that's something Woods deeply respects. “Well, I think what Rafa, what he's done is extraordinary.I mean, he won the Australian Open on a broken foot.
The guy is beyond tough and beyond competitive.
He knows that Father Time is here. Every athlete faces it. Although in some sports it happens faster than others, and unfortunately, just like every sport, you get aged out.
I don't want to see him go.
I never wanted to see Fed [Roger Federer] go, but that's what happened.
We should all enjoy watching him compete and watching him play and what he's meant to the game, what he's meant to all of us, just to see the passion of how he plays and why he plays”.
- Woods said, as quoted by eurosport.com!
Tiger Woods and his comeback
Woods will have a chance to make a comeback at his Hero Challenge. Many wonder what his current state of health is. Woods doesn't appear to be completely healthy, but his passion for golf drives him to play.
The most important thing for him is that he has no ankle pains. Tiger is curious to see what level he is at the moment. Many expect to see the real version of Woods, who has the potential to achieve a great result at the tournament.
“I can tell you this, I don't have any of the pain that I had at Augusta or pre that in my ankle. Well, other parts are taking the brunt of the load so I'm a little more sore in other areas, but the ankle's good. So that surgery was a success.
I'm not concerned at all about walking it.
It's more, as I said, I don't have any of the ankle pain that I had with the hardware that's been placed in my foot, that's all gone.
The other parts of my body, my knee hurts, my back. The forces go somewhere else. Just like when I had my back fused, the forces have to go somewhere.
So it's up the chain.
As I said, I'm just as curious as all of you with what's going to happen. I haven't done this in a while”.