‘We Lose a Lot of Energy Debating’ – Rafael Nadal Wants Men’s Tennis to Unite in an Open Conversation With ATP Chairman

Published 06/15/2022, 3:16 PM EDT
Mar 12, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) serves in his 2nd round match defeating Sebastian Korda (USA) at the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Nadal has been one of the best in the sport for the past 2 decades. However, even at 36-years-old, the Spaniard doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. Preparing for the Wimbledon Championship at the grass courts of Mallorca, the 22-time Grand Slam champion recently spoke about his conversation with ATP president, Andrea Gaudenzi.

Reported to have had a conversation in Rome a few days ago, Nadal opened up about the discussion the two had relating to ATP’s OneVision project. During the interaction in Mallorca, Nadal also gave his views on the project.

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Rafael Nadal gives green chit to ATP’s OneVision project

Over the years, the governing body of men’s tennis has organized numerous successful seasons of the ATP Tour. However, despite the smooth running, a number of conflicts and uncertainties have time and again come in the way of ATP. Uncertainties relating to the tournaments, as well as players.

Looking to terminate these uncertainties days ago, the ATP president announced the OneVision project. A project designed to not only eliminate these differences but also build a stronger future for men’s tennis.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the warm up before the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Yves Herman

Going step by step, as per Gaudenzi, the first step towards the future is competing with the most viewed sports in the world. Opening up about his idea, Gaudenzi said, “We are going to work together to improve our sport, instead of fighting each other. The competition is soccer, American football or golf.”

Known for his highly supportive nature, Nadal took no time to agree with Gaudenzi. Being a prominent part of the tour’s history, and a role model for the future generation, Nadal said“I agree, we lose a lot of energy debating among ourselves, the tournaments fight for their interests and the players fight for theirs.”

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Nadal to play the 2022 Wimbledon Championship?

Since the start of the season, Rafael Nadal has been surprising the world with his performance. After winning the Australian Open and the French Open, the next in line for the Spaniard is the Wimbledon Championship. However, with a troubling foot, Nadal’s participation remains a question unanswered.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The 2time Wimbledon champion recently underwent a pulsed radiofrequency treatment on the nerves surrounding the injured area. Post the treatment, as mentioned earlier, the Spaniard is currently training on the grass courts of Mallorca. As per reports, the training is to see the extent of the effectiveness of the recent treatment. With 12 days left for the Championship, will Nadal eye his 23rd title at SW19? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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