“Have to Think About Rebuilding Everything”: Rafael Nadal Shares his Pandemic Pain

Published 12/21/2020, 9:00 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his Gentlemen’s Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has opened up on how the novel coronavirus pandemic has affected and altered his day-to-day living.


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PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal his thoughts are with those who lost loved ones to pandemic


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Nadal, however, also said that while the pandemic threw his plans haywire and forced him to make slight adjustments to his routine, it was nothing compared to how it robbed scores of families of their loved ones across the world and condemned millions more into hardship.

In an interview with a Spanish publication, Nadal said more than thinking about himself, his thoughts are with those who bore the brunt of the pandemic.

“I believe that the pandemic has affected us all and has altered our lives in a remarkable way.”

“It is clear that the first thoughts and words are for those directly affected, who are those who were sick, those who are still sick, and especially the families of the many deceased who are not few,” Nadal said.

Changing routines nothing compared to more serious pandemic fallout says Nadal

Labelling the pandemic as “a tragedy” that has brought the entire world to its knees, the Spaniard said changing routines for the likes of himself and other athletes is nowhere near as difficult as coming to terms with the loss of someone close.


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“The rest is relative and that we have to change routines, that we have suffered alterations in our lives. In the end, that goes to the background,” Nadal said.


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He added that now is the time for everyone to come together and think about ways to reach out to people hit hard by the pandemic and offer them a measure of succor.

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“Now we have to think about rebuilding everything, that people heal, that the pandemic ends and that we can recover our freedom,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion said.

In a recent question-and-answer session with children supported by his philanthropic organization, the 13-time French Open champion said it was difficult focusing and training for the French Open this year while people in his homeland were being thrust into a desperate situation because of the pandemic.


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He said through his foundation, he did whatever he could to stand with people back home, who suffered untold losses, before he could put his focus back on tennis.


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.