Rafael Nadal did not have a dream season, struggling more than expected due to some physical problems. His back tormented the Spaniard in the first half of 2021, preventing him from coming into shape at the Australian Open.
The former world number 1 returned to his beloved clay court, where he collected two trophies (Barcelona and Rome), but failed to win his 14th title at Roland Garros. His race was interrupted in the semifinals by Novak Djokovic, who would later win the tournament.
The Iberian's foot injury got worse, so much so that it forced him to give up on Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in the following two months. The 20-time Grand Slam champion signed up for the Washington tournament in early August, but a couple of matches were enough for him to realize the pain was too much.
Rafa will only return to the pitch in 2022, with the hope of being able to give himself a more continuous and satisfying year. Meanwhile, the 35-year-old from Manacor was invited as a speaker at the enlightED conference, where he examined the importance of setting goals and doing the utmost to achieve them.
Nadal said: "There is no greater personal satisfaction than going home knowing that you have done everything possible to achieve your goals. Commitment, dedication and humility are the keys to improving daily and reducing the gap that separates us from our goals.
I don't understand life in any other way. Not having a goal in mind would make everything boring and meaningless. If you surround yourself with competent people, then it will be much easier to succeed. The best decision I made in my career was to surround myself with people who have always told me things the way they were.
There have never been too many problems about how or when they should have opened their mouths."
Here's how Paula Badosa beat depression
Paula Badosa, after winning the women's singles at Indian Wells 2021, explained how she managed to overcome depression.
She said in the interview: "Whoever looks at you from the outside is convinced that you are lucky to do what you do and indeed you are, but the pressure is tremendous. And things get even tougher if you don't confirm the expectations.
external fears move to the court tennis has been my life since I was 7. There hasn't been a single day that I haven't thought about tennis. And people feel you're not fulfilling your dream. first doubts, there is anger.
You think you are not as good as you imagined. " umber 314 WTA in 2016, number 247 in 2017. Stuck in minor tournaments, she did not get significant results: "I couldn't get out of the ditch. I was forced to take a break to find some happiness.
anxiety and depression. Then I phoned Xavi Budo: his help changed my life. " Besides being a great coach, Xavi has a remarkable human depth: "For a few years, Paula lived on a cloud. Hers was an unreal life, in the end, the character swallowed the person.
When he called me, I realized that the toy was broken. She was in the throes of indescribable anxiety. Other than tennis: she forgot she was a person. Let's face it, when you are 18 you worry about looking good on Instagram, you become superficial.
In tennis, instead , it is essential to be profound. At 18, Paula had her own apartment. Today it is hard for most 35-year-olds to do it ... You just get 10,000 likes on social media and you think everyone is on your side, that everything is for you Balle: only the top 100 can live off tennis First I pushed her away from the tennis court and told her we wouldn't train until she put her scale of values in order.
She was a 20-year-old girl, but her self-esteem was grounded. She had imagined becoming an elite tennis player: failing that, her life no longer made sense. In the first week we went for a run on the beach or in the mountains and I told her: I want your face and your eyes to shine again. " The plan worked perfectly.