“Not Afraid of Life Without Tennis”: Rafael Nadal Reveals Plans Post Retirement

Published 10/19/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after losing a match to 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)


Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has been a key force in men’s tennis. The former World No. 1 player has been around for many years and the success achieved by him has been exceptional. However, the fact that Rafa has been around for so long already means that the day he keeps down his tennis racquet for good is also inching closer. And he recently spoke about his plans post-retirement. 

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Rafael Nadal has his intention set clear; he wishes to be involved with the sport itself. Fortunately, he has his academy, the Rafa Nadal Academy, which is a wonderful setup for youngsters to develop the skills needed to excel in the sport.

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The ever so humble Rafael Nadal 

It’s amazing to see Rafa be so generous. Wanting to help young and underprivileged children is an appreciative act. Thanks to this organization, Rafa knows he will be associated with the sport after he calls it a day.

At the end of the day, he knows that day will come around when he walks away from competing, but accepts that there is a life outside the sport.

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Speaking about the same, Nadal said, “I’m definitely in the sports industry. I run an academy, which will keep me connected to tennis and I like helping young players grow. I will also spend more time on my foundation, which supports economically disadvantaged children. I’m not afraid of life without tennis at all.” (Translated via Google Translate)

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Rafael Nadal of Spain with coach Carlos Moya while practicing against Aslan Karatsev of Russia on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Coming to tennis, Nadal was last seen competing in Washington, during the US Open. However, he was unable to go deep into the event as he was yet not feeling fully fit. Following that, he flew back home in order to assess his foot injury and underwent surgery. 

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He was forced to end his season early, and we do hope to see the Spaniard recover fully and return to his winning ways. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming 2022 season. 

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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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