‘He Got Injured Again’- Serena Williams’ Ex-coach Criticizes Rafael Nadal’s ‘Risky Move’ Immediately After Recovery

Published 01/07/2024, 12:01 PM EST

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When it comes to tennis, every match is a nail-biting spectacle. Unexpected twists have now become the norm. The Australian Open being a playground for champions, witnessed a surprising turn of events. Tennis titan Rafael Nadal has made a sudden exit from the upcoming grand slam and left fans disappointed. What makes this departure even more intriguing is the vocal critique coming from an unexpected figure. 

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In Rafa’s moment of struggle, Serena Williams‘ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou decided to take a practical approach to the situation. His criticism ultimately questioned the unforeseen decision by Nadal.

Patrick Mouratoglou’s critique of Rafael Nadal amid Australian Open Exit

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Every serve carries the weight of anticipation. Nadal’s sudden exit from the upcoming Australian Open has stirred the tennis community. However, what adds a surprising twist to this plot is the unexpected commentator, Patrick Mouratoglou. “I thought it was a risky move for Rafa to come back after such a long injury and to go straight to hard courts to play a Grand Slam.”

The seasoned coach questioned the wisdom of choosing the demanding hard courts immediately after recovery. Mouratoglou’s insight delved into Nadal’s age, injury history, and the missed opportunity to shine on the clay which is his comfort zone. He further stated: “Now, he got injured again.”  This revealed the consequences of this daring decision. Each line of Mouratoglou’s analysis is a peek into the coach’s mindset. 

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Mouratoglou outlined an alternate scenario. He suggested a more prudent schedule, involving a skip of the Australian Open. If only it was a start in South America on clay, and a sustained presence on the same surface until the European season. He emphasized the importance of Roland Garros as Nadal’s major goal for 2024.

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A crucial comeback or a final farewell?

Every tennis fan knows Nadal’s comebacks are woven into the sport’s narrative. However, this time holds a distinctive weight. This time it’s a crossroads for the tennis icon. Nadal’s journey back to the court has been a recurring theme, but the stakes are higher now. 

With Mouratoglou’s critique echoing, it’s not just another comeback. It could mark the final chapter of Nadal’s illustrious career. The Australian Open’s absence becomes more than a tournament skip. It is more like a potential farewell. 

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The question still lingers whether this is the last we’ll see of Nadal on the court; the answer is still uncertain. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.

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Charrvi Singh

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Ever since Naomi Osaka?s infamous withdrawal from the tennis circuit in the 2021 French Open, I have been enamored by tennis stars and their psyche. With a background in psychology, I am interested in delving into the minds of the sport's biggest stars while keeping my readers informed about the latest developments in the tennis world. At EssentiallySports, I focus on stories that dive beyond the sport and focus on the personal lives of the biggest tennis stars.
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