Former World No.1 Feels Every Tennis Academy Should Have Rafael Nadal’s Quotes on Its Wall

Published 05/04/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 25: Rafael Nadal attends the Miami Open – Celebrity Sightings at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 25, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal is gearing up to face Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Despite growing older, Nadal’s work ethic and passion for the sport has not dwindled down. So a big fan of his qualities is former WTA World No.1 Tracy Austin.

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In his latest press conference, Nadal had reiterated his passion for the sport and his will to become a better player. His quotes were simple yet packed with an inspirational punch that touched Tracy Austin.

“I play with passion, with clear goals and with love for the game… with the right intensity and at the same time have enough passion to go on court every day and try to be better player. That’s the whole thing,” Nadal said.

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Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his second-round match against Michael Mmoh of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

What did Tracy Austin say about Rafael Nadal?

Austin tweeted that every locker room and tennis academy needs to have the above quote framed on a wall. She ‘described it as the complete package.

“Every tennis academy & locker room should have this up on the wall! Refreshing and so inspirational. Because this is ‘the whole thing’.”

Tracy Austin is a former WTA player who retired in the early 90s. She is a former World No.1 and the holder of two US Open titles. Furthermore, she has 30 WTA titles and played in the era of Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, etc.

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One person who would want to use Nadal‘s quotes as inspiration will be Carlos Alcaraz. The Spanish teenager will turn 18 on Wednesday when he faces Nadal in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open. Alcaraz has trained with Nadal a lot of times now, and like many other Spanish boys, he holds the Spanish legend in high regard.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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