“I Don’t Think Like Formula 1”: Rafael Nadal Opens Up on Changing Racquets Over the Years

Published 11/03/2021, 9:59 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)


Over the years, men’s tennis has seen many notable players. However, one player that stands out is Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has displayed some of the most sensational tennis displayed on the Tour. 

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Recently, Rafael Nadal spoke about changing strategies in tennis. He did not wish to compare strategies in tennis with those applied in Formula 1. In Formula 1, racers use different tires according to the weather and race situations. They even take into account their rivals’ tire strategies. However, in tennis, Rafa has only changed the type of guts he has used in his racquets over the years. 

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The 35-year-old spoke on this subject and stated, “I don’t think like in Formula 1.

“I mean, I have been more or less open to trying things you don’t like or something that at the beginning you feel that you can be better than when you keep trying, you feel that ‘okay, it’s not that good’ and something at the beginning looks a little bit more difficult but after the longer term, you feel better.”

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Rafael Nadal has been open to changes in the past 

In the past, Rafa has made changes to improve his game, but he has usually eventually realized that the previous method was more effective. The only significant change the Spaniard has made in his career was when he switched from the yellow strings to the one that generated a great deal of topspin on his shots. 

PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The 20-time champion added, “I remember one important change during all these years that was the same. I remember playing with the yellow string that gave me a lot of good moments but yeah, when I changed the string to the RPM, I think it was a huge chance for me.”

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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