"Special? Winning all four Grand Slams, an Olympic medal and playing Nadal's mixed doubles at the Games. The most special thing is sharing the successes," said Garbine Muguruza. In addition to wanting to play with Rafael Nadal, the 27-year-old also wants to win other Slams.
She won her two titles at the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon. As she prepares for the 2021 season, Muguruza has revealed the special goals she wants to achieve. She thought a lot before answering the question. Currently the Spanish tennis player is training in this preseason period in Marbella, Spain, where she did a few training games with her two countrymen Davidovich Fokina and Feliciano Lopez.
Garbine will begin her season with her first match at the WTA 500 tournament in Abu Dhabi before heading to Melbourne Park to defend the final of last year lost to American Sofia Kenin. So just for this reason recently, former WTA world number one Spanish champion expressed a desire to play mixed doubles with Rafael Nadal at the next Olympic Games.
The Venezuelan-born tennis player, two-times winner of the Grand Slam tournaments represented Spain at the Hopman Cup 2019 together with David Ferrer. Therefore, her goal in mixed doubles is not as far-fetched as it seems.
Garbine Muguruza and Rafael Nadal in the mixed doubles at Tokyo Olympics?
Interestingly, Muguruza and Nadal were supposed to play mixed doubles for Spain at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
However, they announced their retirement even before taking the court for the first round match, leaving their Czech Republic opponents Hradecká and Štěpánek free to go to the second round. Both Spanish representatives play an aggressive game across the board; it will be fascinating to see them work together.
They could be reunited again at the next Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Garbine Muguruza also wants to win all four Grand Slams, because every athlete has a dream scenario that they would like to experience in their sport. All the greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.