On the podcast Voces del Deporte, on Antena 2, Toni Nadal provided new information on the condition of her nephew Rafael Nadal and he expressed a certain optimism. The Spanish uncle and former coach of thw 20-times-Slam champion said: "Things are going bette.
I am convinced that he will be fine. The idea is to have a great 2022. I am sure he will do the best of him." Finally, Toni Nadal focused on his work with Felix Auger-Aliassime and on the growth of young tennis players in the world of sport.
It is difficult for young people to pay attention and do things consistently. The determining factor is attention. It is difficult for them to accept the difficulty and stay focused. You think that things should always go well, because you have high expectations.
If you feel frustrated you have a problem and the only way to solve it is to accept reality." Rafael Nadal's 2021 was heavily conditioned by the problem in his left foot that prevented him from expressing himself to the fullest of his abilities starting from Paris.
After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to take the field at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington, but already during the second round match, which was later won against Jack Sock, the first warning signs arrived.
The Mallorcan has in fact moved rather badly on the field and highlighted a strong discomfort in the foot. The negative feelings that everyone felt at the end of the match with the American were subsequently confirmed, because Nadal struggled even more against Lloyd Harris, who defeated him in three sets while still playing tennis of the highest quality.
A few days before the start of the Toronto Masters 1000, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he would not be taking part in the Canadian tournament. After consulting the doctors and carrying out various checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a particular treatment, not a real operation, and to close his season prematurely.
Naomi Osaka will not play Indian Wells 2021
Naomi Osaka will not play an official competitive match for some time, as she herself announced during one of the last press conferences: in fact, in the past few hours she has given up on the 2021 BNP Paribas Open, better known as the Indian Wells WTA Master 1000.
News had been in the air for a few weeks and was confirmed by the American tournament itself, through social media. After the controversy now overcome at Roland Garros, with the retirement in the second round without going down on the Parisian clay to face the Romanian Bogdan (she was seeded number 2), the Japanese was at the start of Cincinnati, coming out in the second round with the finalist Teichmann, and the US Open: in New York a new defeat against a left-handed, the Canadian who will then arrive at the end of Fernandez.
The 23-year-old's claims that she had declared that she wanted to take a break (unspecified duration) from tennis were the most controversial in this last competition. With recent setbacks and no major results, the Osaka native girl has lost several positions in the world rankings, dropping to eighth position.
In the Race, which will bring the best eight players to the Finals in Guadalajara in Mexico, she is currently in seventh place, fighting for one of the last places. In case of qualification for the 2021 edition, it seems very difficult at this moment to see Naomi Osaka at the starting line of the last event of the year.
More likely in the current period, except then rumors or announcements by the same athlete in the coming weeks, that the Japanese will spend about five months away from the courts and return in early 2022 to take part in the Australian Open, which she has already won in 2019 and in this one season.
The number eight in the world has been canceled from Indian Wells, a competition she had won in 2018, and then began her long climb to the very top positions in the standings.