‘I Was Sleeping With His Tank Top’ – Corentin Moutet Recalls His Childhood Admiration for Rafael Nadal Before His First Game Against the Legend in French Open 2022

Published 05/24/2022, 10:06 AM EDT

French tennis star Corentin Moutet has done outstandingly well to reach the second round of the ongoing French Open 2022. In a huge upset, the 23-year-old got the better of three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. In an enthralling encounter against the two-time French Open finalist, Moutet won in four sets.

Also, this victory has confirmed his ticket for a 2nd round match against his childhood idol Rafael Nadal. It will be exciting to see how he fares against the man he drew inspiration from, but this definitely will be a dream game for the Frenchman. After winning the first-round game against Wawrinka, the French tennis star spoke about the influence 21-time Grand Slam winner had on him as a kid.

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Corentin Moutet on idolizing Rafael Nadal

Corentin Moutet, on many occasions, has accepted that he was a big Rafa fan growing up. Also, he never shies away from showing his admiration for the former world number 1. Recently in an interview, before his much-awaited game against his idol, the 23-year-old revealed that he used to wear Nadal’s Roland Garros tank top while going to sleep. Also, he would even try to imitate his serves.

” I was sleeping with his tank top of RG. I was a kid, not like I was 14 or 15. I don’t even remember how old I was. I was imitating his serve.” revealed Moutet.

However, the 23-year-old will have to leave his admiration for Nadal when he will finally play his dream game against his favorite. Although, the Frenchman further said that as a kid growing up, we all have idols as it is essential for our identity among people. “When you’re a kid you need to have idols to identify to ppl.” he added.

The 23-year-old might have just hinted that he has grown up and created an identity of his own.

Certainly, he won’t let his admiration affect his game against the 35-year-old legend.

Nadal Makes a strong start at French Open 2022

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In his first-round match against Australia’s Jordan Thompson, Nadal made a powerful statement by winning the game  6-2, 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard’s participation in the ongoing Roland Garros was doubtful as his old foot injury resurfaced.

Mar 16, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts after winning a point as he defeats Reilly Opelka (USA) in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

However, when the 21-time Grand Slam winner confirmed that he will be at Roland Garros, many believed that he might still not be fully fit to be at his best in the matches.

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Watch this story: Epic Rafael Nadal Versus Novak Djokovic Encounters at the French Open

In typical Nadal style, the 35-year-old proved everyone wrong in his very first match. The king of clay has begun his campaign with a roaring win and he will look forward to lifting the Musketeers’ cup for an unprecedented 14th time.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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