Toni Nadal attended an event in Portugal in recent days, during which he was asked to provide some updates on the conditions of his nephew Rafael Nadal. The well-known journalist José Morgado shared the information on Twitter: "Today Toni Nadal was in Portugal.
He said that Rafael Nadal is training well and that he should reach 100% of form in time for the Australian Open." In a recent conversation with former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, the Majorcan spoke of his future: "All athletes have problems throughout their careers.
Professional sport requires enormous physical and mental effort. I hope I can recover and be ready for the start of next season. Of course I have some doubts, but I know the process well. I've been in this situation many times, so I know what to do."
Rafael Nadal played the misery of seven official tournaments in 2021 due to a chronic foot injury. The former world number 1 has won two titles (Barcelona and Rome), but has not managed to win the 14th Roland Garros of his extraordinary career.
Not being in top condition, the Spanish phenomenon had to surrender to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Paris. The foot problem forced the 35-year-old Majorcan to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. The Iberian tried a timid return to the hard court in Washington, but the pain was too great to be able to play the last Grand Slam of the season.
A few days later, Rafa announced his decision to close his 2021 early. Nadal has already resumed training and will be back on the pitch at the Abu Dhabi show next month. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has already confirmed his presence at the Australian Open 2022, where he hopes to repeat the triumph he achieved in 2009.
The presence of his eternal rival Novak Djokovic in Australia is still uncertain, as vaccination will be required to cross the gates of Melbourne Park.
Ashleigh Barty: "I was upset by criticisms"
Ashleigh Barty has had a particular year deciding to play only some of this season's tournaments.
The Australian tennis player ended her season as world number one for the third consecutive year showing once again her worth. Through the microphones of Code Sports, the tennis player talked about how she has suffered from the criticisms of the past regarding the fact that many were hoping for an overtaking of Naomi Osaka against her when the Japanese won the Us Open 2020 and the Australian Open 2021.
In fact, the frozen ranking had helped Barty to keep the first position and many of the tennis fans were criticizing her overtaking mandate. In an interview, Barty explained: "Maintaining the position again and finishing 2021 in the first World position is something that I am incredibly proud of after such a demanding and certainly unusual season"
The tennis player then continued: "I spent so much time on the road, asking people I love and admire to support me and make sacrifices, certainly for us it is a milestone to celebrate. When I look back on this season I think there have been four parts.
fundamental to maintain the top of the ranking. At the same time I felt people were wondering if I deserved the top spot as Naomi Osaka had won a couple of Grand Slam tournaments in succession. It was probably the first time I felt a little shaken and I wanted to make a statement on the court about it.
" This season Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty won the Miami Masters 1000 in March and a few months later she took her second career Grand Prix in March. Barty did not play the US Open and missed the Finals at the end of the year but nevertheless ended the season at the top of the standings: "In Miami I understood that beyond defending the titles, my goal was to defend the top position in the standings, for me it was really very important "