“When the Time Comes I Will Know”: Rafael Nadal

Published 12/24/2019, 12:50 AM EST


World No.1 Rafael Nadal is in the second half of his career and knows that the time to hang his boots is only getting closer with each passing day. However, the Spaniard plans to continue playing till his health and mind permits.

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Questions about Nadal’s retirement date have cropped up regularly in recent times, but it doesn’t appear to be anything the Mallorcan can shed any light on just yet.

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“It cannot be foreseen”: Nadal

Talking about how long will he continue to play, Rafael Nadal said: “I do not know. It cannot be foreseen. I see myself playing until the head gives me to be able to maintain the passion for what I do. It is also true that I think it’s easier for the head to maintain the illusion if the body responds to you.”

The ‘King of Clay’ has had an injury-prone career but plans to continue to play on the professional tour until his body gives more pain than normal. While the 33-year-old does not fear retirement, he also feels that it is not good to think about it.

“If the body doesn’t let you compete in freedom because you have more pain than normal, it is the law of life and you have to end things. You cannot know. I don’t think it’s good to think about it now. I also have no fear. It is not planned. When the time comes I will know and it will be done,” the Balearic concluded.

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Rafael Nadal’s 2020 season commencement

Nadal has already made a fine start to his 2020 preparations by winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Dubai, last week. It was the Spaniard’s fifth triumph in the tournament.

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The 19-time Grand Slam champion will team up with compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez for the next month’s ATP Cup. The first edition of the tournament is scheduled from January 3 to 12, 2020. He will then fly to Melbourne for the Australian Open 2020, where he is the defending runner-up.

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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