Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal wanted to try some new things during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown so he decided to do some cooking while at home. The tennis season has been suspended since March 12 and the plan is to restart the Tour on August 14, when the Citi Open in Washington is scheduled to start.
Nadal, ranked at No. 2 in the world, revealed that he is a seafood lover. "ll everybody did different things during lockdown," Nadal told BBC Sport, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "I tried to cook more than before. Of course I make mistakes but somewhere I start to cook different things.
In such moments it is important to have some fun too. "Well I love seafood, so if I have to say something, the broth, seafood broth with rice”. Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, is the second player on the all time Grand Slam record list.
20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer tops the list, while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic comes at the third place with 17 Majors collected. Nadal, a former world No. 1, has captured 85 titles over the course of his career and he has won an Olympic gold in singles and doubles.
The 34-year-old Spaniard claims he is absolutely happy with his career and he can't be obsessed with what will Djokovic achieve. "I say thousands of times now, I do my way. I am super happy with how my career has evolved all these years.
I can’t go crazy thinking about 20th or I don’t know if Novak is winning more. I just try to do my way”.
Nadal hungry for more Grand Slam success
In the lone Grand Slam event played this season, Nadal made the Australian Open quarterfinal before being edged out in five sets by eventual runner-up Dominic Thiem.
"I just try to keep enjoying tennis," Nadal added. "Of course I will love to finish my career with 25 if possible! (laughs). But my feeling is it's important that over-ambition can be very negative. I just try to follow my route, my way.
I hope to keep produce myself opportunities in the next couple of years”. Nadal, a record 12-time French Open champion, has won the last three editions of Roland Garros and he will be aiming to win it all for the 13th when the tournament kicks off in September.