“Little Shy About This Stuff But…”: Rafael Nadal Opens Up on Racquets Named After Him

Published 03/20/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a set during his fourth round match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)


Superstar Rafael Nadal has opened up on a new, customized series of tennis racquets named after him. The 20-time Grand Slam champion not only had a feel of the new racquet last year but also played with it.

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New series of racquets named after Rafael Nadal were put up for sale two days ago

Though not meant for sale initially, the makers made the racquets available for global purchase two days ago under the name ‘Pure Aero Rafa’.

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In an interview for Babolat, a global sports goods manufacturer specializing in badminton and tennis equipment, Nadal said though he is “shy” about having his name on a new range of tennis racquets, he is delighted nonetheless.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“I’m a little shy about this stuff, but it’s great to have a racquet under your name,” the reigning French Open champion said.

Nadal, who lifted an unprecedented 13th French Open title last year, said he has been striking it well with his new racquet and the experience has been nothing short of enjoyable.

“I am enjoying (playing with the new racquet). It’s a great racquet,” Nadal said.

Rafael Nadal couldn’t follow up his 13th French Open title last year with his second Australian Open crown this year

The current World Number 3 couldn’t follow up the latest glory run at Roland-Garros with a second Australian Open title this year.

Coming into the tournament in the hope of doing a repeat of 2009 when he had outlasted old foe Roger Federer in five thrilling sets to lift the trophy, Nadal made short work of opponents to reach the semi-final.

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With two sets to the good, the Spaniard was literally cruising his last-four clash against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. However, an inexplicable mid-match slump, coupled with a heroic fightback from the current World Number 5, saw Nadal lose the next three sets to crash out of the tournament.

The Spaniard hasn’t featured in any Tour events since his Australian Open exit and recently announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Miami Open, citing back spasms.

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Though the back pain saw him pull out of this year’s ATP Cup, he did manage a largely painless campaign at Melbourne Park.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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