WATCH: Garbine Muguruza Joins Rafael Nadal’s League While Enjoying Some Time Away From Tennis

Published 09/25/2021, 2:30 AM EDT
Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Shelby Rogers of the United States on day two of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has been enjoying time outside tennis since the US Open 2021 loss. Interestingly, she has picked on one of the interests of Rafael Nadal, that is, professional golfing.

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However, unlike Rafa, who is an excellent golfer, Muguruza decided to watch a golf tournament. And she was present for none other than the Ryder Cup 2021.

In addition, the 27-year-old appeared to be enjoying her time on the golf course abundantly. Muguruza later uploaded her showing thumbs-up video on Twitter. She captioned it, “Living the Ryder Cup 2021 very closely. Let’s go!”

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(All quotes are translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate).

Earlier, Nadal participated in the hexagonal tourney, which was a team golfing event. Surprisingly enough, he finished the tournament at first individually, whereas his team came second.

Rafael Nadal reacts during the Individual Professional Baleares Championship at Golf Maioris on October 26, 2020 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Hence, it is clear that Nadal competes at everything with all his might. Many even wonder if he would go all golf mode after he retires from tennis.

Garbine Muguruza’s dream to play mixed doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Olympics

The Spaniards Muguruza and Nadal participated in the mixed doubles tournament in the Olympics before. But then Nadal’s doubles tournament went well, so he decided to drop out of the mixed doubles.

Accordingly, at the start of this year, Muguruza had admitted that she wanted to play with Nadal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, due to a persistent foot injury, the 20-time Grand Slam champion skipped the Olympics altogether.

Therefore, the coming Paris Olympics 2024 might be the last chance for her to utilize the dream. Yet, it is unlikely for Rafa to take on mixed doubles along with the singles event.

Where will Muguruza and Nadal play next?

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Due to the foot injury, Nadal missed both Wimbledon and the US Open 2021. Moreover, he also called off the 2021 season, stating he will return next year.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

As for Muguruza, she would most likely contest at the upcoming Indian Wells event. Although she has had an inconsistent 2021 season, she has the game to go all the way there.

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For now, she is taking in all the golf she can take at the Ryder Cup 2021. Which other player on men’s and women’s tours plays golf?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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