The 2020 French Open saw Rafael Nadal win his 13th title in Paris. It was an amazing victory, especially since he was playing after many months when the Tour was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Rafa, those months were very difficult for him. In a recent interview, he revealed why and said:
“On a social level, we’ve been living with continuous problems. On a personal level, it’s a reality that after the lockdown I went through a bad time, my body did not respond in the best way possible. I had a lot of days where I could only train very little, with unpleasant feelings in my body. All of that, together with training without clear goals, makes the problem worse.”
Rafa was clearly going through a difficult time during the pandemic. In addition to that, he also had the pressure of winning since he was close to equaling the Grand Slam record. He said:
“I had the right people by my side. They pushed me when necessary and they gave me the freedom to enjoy other things when I really needed to. We’ve had to make difficult decisions, like not going to New York. Everything is good or bad based on the final result.
“Right now, it seems like it was successful because I won at Roland Garros, if I had lost maybe it wouldn’t have been so good. That’s the reality of sport, a totally result-based world. The decisions were made consensually, analysing everything. Beyond the result, personally, I’m very happy with the steps we took.”
All of Rafa’s fans are happy that things turned out well for the Spaniard. They enjoyed watching him in Paris, but now, they will be wondering what’s next for him. The Spaniard hasn’t revealed any details regarding this, but hopefully, he will return to playing as soon as possible.