Rafael Nadal, who is currently taking a break from the tour and has opted out of the Asian swing, thinks that the majority of the tournaments take place on the hard courts. Nadal has often blamed the hard courts for his woes with his body. The Spaniard’s style of play puts a lot of pressure and stress on his joints and muscles. Its a style of play well suited for clay courts.
The world number one said that if this continued, the clay courts would become almost obsolete.
“If the tour continues this way, in 10 more years, going to be less clay court players. Is normal. “If we reduce the tournaments on clay, the best players ranked are specialists on hard courts”, said Nadal. “That’s normal. When you have more tournaments on hard courts, is more than the best players and the top‑ranked players are more specialists on hard than clay because the players prefer to play on the surface that going to play more, that’s it”, added Nadal.
Rafael Nadal, for those who do not know, blamed the tournament organizers for his retirement at the Australian Open earlier this year. “Somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what’s going on”, he said. “Too many people getting injured, “I don’t know if they have to think a little bit about the health of the players. Not for now that we are playing, but there is life after tennis. I don’t know if we keep playing in this very, very hard surfaces what’s going to happen in the future with our lives.”
“But I not going to complain because it has happened to me more than others”, added Nadal. “But on other hand, I was winning more than almost anyone. That’s the real thing. But who knows, if I didn’t have all these injuries.”