Former American Tennis Player Back Rafael Nadal to Win ‘Three’ More Grand Slams

Published 11/09/2021, 5:04 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Galeries Lafayette Rooftop, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after winning the French Open yesterday REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Just a few days ago, tennis sport observed a buzz as Rafael Nadal announced his return to the tennis court. The 20-time Grand Slam champion confirmed that he’ll be competing at Abu Dhabi in mid-December. Following this huge announcement, Patrick McEnroe expressed his two cents on Nadal’s return.

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John McEnroe’s younger brother believes the 13-time French Open winner still has the potential to win up to three French Open titles. However, Patrick feels this is possible only if he stays fit. Nadal has only competed in 29 matches in the year 2021.

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Patrick McEnroe on comeback of Rafael Nadal

On November 2, Rafael Nadal revealed his plans for the future. The Spaniard who was struggling with his knee injury is all set to make a comeback to the tennis court in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, he’s pretty much excited for the new season starting in 2022.

After this major declaration, former American tennis player and John McEnroe’s younger brother, Patrick McEnroe uttered on his possibility of winning Grand Slams.

He quoted, “ If he stays healthy, he (Nadal) could end up winning one to three more French Opens. That’s a reasonable argument to make. It’s harder to make an argument that he can win multiple other majors at this point.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal leaves court after losing his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafael Nadal last won a Grand Slam at the French Open in 2020. Since then, he hasn’t been able to display his ace game. In all, Nadal has only competed in 29 matches in the year 2021. The new season would be surely very challenging for the Spaniard.

Nadal’s 2021 performance

Rafael Nadal started the 2021 season with a defeat at the quarter-finals of the Australian Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas. This was just the second time that Nadal lost a match in the Grand Slam after two sets up.

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Soon after, Nadal triumphed at he Barcelona Open and the Italian Open to gain some confidence ahead of the French Open. However, Nadal registered a shocking defeat at the semi-finals of the contest. Novak Djokovic stunned the 13-time French Open champion in an epic four set thriller.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Following the French Open, Nadal competed at the Washington Open but couldn’t go past Llyod Harris in the round of 16. After hitting with a knee injury, Nadal hasn’t competed professionally. Subsequently, he withdrew from Wimbledon and US Open.

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With his comeback announcement, fans across the world are pretty hyped. What do you think, will he register his 21st Major title at the Australian Open 2022.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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