WATCH: Recovering Rafael Nadal Continues to Ace the Tennis Ball on a Different Court

Published 11/01/2021, 9:10 PM EDT
Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a serve as he practices on a day off before playing in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal ended his 2021 season before the US Open, citing a persistent foot injury. Fortunately, his recovery is going well, and he is already looking forward to his next appearances. What’s more interesting, Nadal recently appeared at the Babolat event in Paris and put his exceptional backhand on a show on a mini tennis court. 

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Babolat is a French sports equipment company and the Spaniard’s racquet sponsors, too. Thus, it was only coincidently that Nadal visited Paris during the ongoing Rolex Paris Masters 2021 despite not playing. However, he did seem to have a good time playing on the miniature tennis court.

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Rafael Nadal pulls off a backhand smash on a mini tennis court

Unquestionably, Rafael Nadal is one of the few rare players whose playing style is always enticing. Whether it is a hard court, grass court, clay court (obviously), or even a mini tennis court, Nadal is always fun to watch.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Besides, even in fun, the Spaniard is determined to remain competitive. Accordingly, Nadal exhibited some classic backhand skills on the miniature tennis court during the latest Babolat event. 

Later on, the French sports equipment company also uploaded the mini-session on their Instagram story. Indeed, Nadal left his opponent nervous even in a friendly contest.

Furthermore, Babolat also uploaded another video of Nadal perfecting a backhand smash on the mini court. The Spaniard humbly smiled after acing the shot.

They captioned the video, “Different racquet, different court, same talent. King.” Without a doubt, he is one of the undisputed kings of tennis.

After this, fans cannot wait to see Nadal compete on the big courts of the ATP Tour. However, the tennis world will have to wait for him until next year.

When will Nadal return on the tennis tour in 2022?

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Nadal has announced that he will be making his comeback at the Abu Dhabi event in 2022 before the Australian Open. Hence, the Spaniard is eyeing to build on his campaign Down Under next year.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Hopefully, Nadal will recover 100% and remain fit throughout 2022. Tennis-wise, the Spaniard has much experience in returning from injuries and going straight to winning.

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Only time will tell the impact of the long break on the Spaniard’s game next year. Do you think Nadal will win his 21st Grand Slam in 2022? 

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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.

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