“Not Very Difficult to Play”: Rafael Nadal Reveals Difference Between Playing Tennis and Golf

Published 12/11/2020, 1:00 PM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, has said playing golf is a lot easier than running around on a tennis court.

Golf not as physically demanding as tennis, says Rafael Nadal

In an interview for the clients of Santander Private Banking, the Spaniard hinted that he may take up golf at an amateur level once he decides to call time on his tennis career.

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Nadal, who played golf in the professional circuit recently and finished sixth in the standings, said the sport doesn’t tax the body as much as tennis does.

“I don’t think they are interchangeable. I think golf, as a sport unto itself, it’s not very difficult to play,” Nadal said.

Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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The Spaniard said playing tennis at his age demands being in a certain physical shape but golf isn’t as exacting that way.

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“I think playing golf at an amateur level, just playing golf, is much easier than tennis. At the end of the day,  for tennis, you need a physical shape, not everyone (is upto it).

 

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“Golf, everyone can play, like people who aren’t as physically prepared can play well. 

“When it comes to tennis, I think you need a specific physical shape to be a professional. That’s hard,” Nadal said.

He added that when it comes to playing the two sports, he finds golf a lot less demanding on his body.

 

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“As a sport, golf is easier. As a professional athlete, I can play golf. From there, playing golf professionally, that’s quite the leap,” Nadal said.

On the tennis front, Nadal had a quiet 2020 season by his standards. 

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He did win his 13th straight French Open crown, tying him with Roger Federer for the most number of Grand Slam titles, but couldn’t break his trophy jinx at the ATP Finals.

Going into the season-ending event in the hope of ending his search for his first title, the Spaniard progressed to the last-four but was beaten in the semis by eventual champion Daniil Medvedev.

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He also failed to log titles at the Rolex Paris Masters and even on clay at the Italian Open in Rome.

The Spaniard finished the season ranked second.

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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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