Rafa Nadal: Uncle Toni moves away from retirement
The great champion’s retirement does not appear imminent at the moment.
Rafa Nadal is coming off a not easy period, due to the injuries that have affected his last seasons. This, however, does not mean that the Mallorcan is considering an imminent farewell to tennis, as his uncle, who has also been his coach in the past, has been keen to assure.
“Several hypotheses are circulating about his possible retirement. However, no such talk has ever emerged with him, and Rafa has no intention of quitting,” Toni Nadal explained to the Spanish news agency ‘Efe’. With a clarification, “The opinion of the doctors will always have to be taken into account.”
“Right now he has more pain than would be desirable. But Rafa is still living a decidedly good moment, and I am convinced that if his physique will allow him to do so, he will continue playing tennis for a long time to come,” Toni Nadal added.
There is then another important aspect, which the champion’s uncle emphasized: that of the long-distance challenge with Novak Djokovic, who has joined him at 22 Slams won. “It will be a complicated fight, against a great champion,” were his words. Overcoming him will be complicated, I hope he has a chance at Roland Garros. Because that is his tournament.”