“Intend to Enjoy My Life in Tennis”: Rafael Nadal Quashes Retirement Rumors

Published 03/05/2021, 12:03 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his first round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has been of the most successful players of all time. He has won 20 Grand Slams, 86 titles and he has also been the No. 1 for 209 weeks.

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Clearly, the World No. 2 has picked up nearly every achievement in tennis. In addition to that, he is also going to be turning 35 this year which may signal that he is on the verge of retirement. However, Rafa doesn’t share the same opinion.

“As long as I am healthy and able to compete, I intend to enjoy my life in tennis and always give 100%. That’s how I see the sport,” he said.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Rafael Nadal Looking To Win More Titles

It is great that Nadal isn’t planning on retiring anytime soon. Many are looking forward to seeing him compete and win titles especially after his disappointing loss at the Australian Open.

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In Melbourne, the Spaniard was up by 2 sets to love against Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was looking like an easy win for him but the Greek star came back and won the next 3. This was only the second time in his career that Rafa lost after leading 2-0 and he is surely not happy about it.

Now, Nadal is seeking to win many more titles but he will probably have to wait for some time. At the moment, he is suffering from a back injury that forced him out of the Rotterdam Open and the Mexican Open. He still recovering which means we will probably see him at the Miami Open.

This is a Masters 1000 event and it is one of the few that Rafa hasn’t won in his career. He has reached the final on 5 occasions but unfortunately, he lost all of them. He will be looking for a better result this year and hopefully, he will achieve it when the event begins at the end of this month.

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