Rafael Nadal Details Why a 2-Month Break Was Important For Him After French Open 2021 Loss

Published 08/03/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


World No.3 Rafael Nadal will be making a comeback on the court after about two months at the Citi Open 2021. He took a break from the sport, withdrawing from the Wimbledon Championships 2021 and the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as well.

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In a recent interview, Nadal revealed that he really needed a break from tennis after his French Open 2021 loss. He explained that he was physically exhausted and his body needed some rest.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“Well, more than I need the break is – I don’t have a lot of chances to choose. I had some physical issues,” began Nadal.

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“I had some good practices in Mallorca but yeah, of course, when you get to a tournament to practice with the guys again, to find the rhythm, the competitive level. So, that’s the work that I have to do.” 

Rafa highlighted that, after the break, he had some really fruitful training sessions in Mallorca before arriving in Washington. He stated that his objective of playing at the Citi Open is to find his form and momentum ahead of the US Open 2021.

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Rafael Nadal is practicing every day

In the same interview, Rafa emphasized that he is now practicing each and every day to gain his rhythm back. He said that his major aim is to be competitive right from the start of the hard-court season.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“I am practicing every day, like good sessions. Now is the moment to keep doing.

“The main goal for me is trying to be competitive in the beginning, yeah,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Rafael Nadal will begin his Citi Open 2021 campaign against Jack Sock tomorrow. Fans have huge expectations from him and are quite excited to witness his comeback on the court. Will he be able to succeed at the upcoming hard-court season?

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