Rafael Nadal Reacts to Team Spain’s Major Blow at Davis Cup Finals 2021

Published 11/25/2021, 11:13 PM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain looks dejected during his semi-final singles match against Alex de Minaur of Australia on day nine of the 2020 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal couldn’t join Team Spain to defend their title at the Davis Cup Final 2021 as he’s still recovering from his foot injury. Moreover, Carlos Alcaraz, the breakthrough star who replaced Nadal, also tested positive from Coronavirus and had to withdraw from the tournament. Accordingly, the 20-time Grand Slam champion reflected on the situation.


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Indeed, it is a big blow for Team Spain, losing two of their best players. But the good news is, all other Spanish members have received negative results. Hence, Nadal passed on some encouragement for their campaign ahead.


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Rafael Nadal sends encouragement to Team Spain at the Davis Cup Finals 2021

To begin with, Rafael Nadal encouraged his fellow athletes to overcome this challenge. In addition, he acknowledged the impact of such an incident on the tournament and reiterated that health is of the utmost priority.

“Much encouragement to the entire Spanish team after the news we received today. When something like this happens, the competition takes a back seat. The most important thing is health, and I hope there are no more cases. A hug to all!” Nadal wrote on Twitter.

(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 19: Players of Spain line up for national anthems during Day 2 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

After Alcaraz’s exit, Team Spain consists of: Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez, and Marcel Granollers. They will announce the replacement soon.

Most importantly, Team Spain will go against Daniil Medvedev-led Team Russia and Team Ecuador. Let’s see if these players can repeat history for their country without Nadal and Alcaraz.

When will Nadal return to the tennis tour?

Fascinatingly, tennis fans might see Nadal back in action before the 2021 year ends. He has confirmed his participation in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, starting 16th December.


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Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Inarguably, there is much anticipation behind Nadal’s comeback considering his foot injury. It remains to be seen, however, the level at which Nadal will perform after coming back. 

Above all, the Spanish great is also looking forward to competing at the Australian Open 2022. Given his determination, Nadal will most likely return as if he had never left.


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For now, the 35-year-old will cheer for Team Spain at the ongoing Davis Cup Finals 2021. Let’s see who wins the World Cup of Tennis this year.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.