Nadal on Retirement : I'm not afraid of my life after tennis, there are many things that make me happy

TennisFan3

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Rafa Nadal: I'm not afraid of my life after tennis, there are many things that make me happy

Fresh off the back of his 14th Roland Garros success, Rafa Nadal sat down with MARCA to discuss his latest title as well as his future in the sport of tennis.

The Spanish legend racked up his 22nd Grand Slam of his career and, although there is talk of a potential retirement, Nadal insists it does not worry him as much as most would think given his other interests in life.

How was the night after the victory?

The truth is that physically I am very well. I've been very good for two weeks. When I've played long matches, in terms of stiffness, surprisingly because of the lack of training prior to this tournament, the following mornings I've woken up fine. At this stage of my career and at my age, I haven't had a lot of stiffness.

How is your foot feeling?

It hurt at night. When I wake up, and after two and a half weeks of taking a lot of anti-inflammatories and painkillers every six hours, this Monday has been complicated.

What did you make of this French Open?

On a tennis level it has an important value because I have managed to beat very good players. On a mental level, too. After living what I lived after Indian Wells with a broken rib, in Rome I was weak and many days I was not able to train... I knew that I could play the matches because you can play with your foot asleep. Being able to focus on tennis and play at the level I did means that mentally I was ready to take on the challenge.

You won the French Open for the first time in 2005 and you've won it again 17 years later. What does that tell you?

The first thing it says is that it's been many years. I was the first one who thought that I would not have a career as long as I am having. Despite the things that have happened to me, I have always maintained the desire and determination to continue. And I have had the right people by my side who have helped me be able to continue.

Can anyone match your 14 titles at Roland Garros?

It seems no, but it's not impossible. It is true that it is difficult. I am realistic about the difficulty that this entails and of all the circumstances that have to be in place for it to happen. If I have done it, I suppose it can be repeated. I'm not going to be a super chosen one, although it's clear that many circumstances have to be met and in my case they have been met.

Are you more tempted by life outside tennis because of all the problems you are having playing and how do you imagine it?

I imagine it to be just like the many times in my career that I have had to be out of competition for months due to injuries. I've always been happy outside of tennis, it's not something that keeps me awake at night and I'm not afraid of it. I have said it many times: I am not afraid of my life after tennis. I have and have always had many things that make me happy beyond tennis.

On a physical level I have what I have and, about my foot, if I want to, I can get rid of the pain in a fairly definitive way. What happens is that to get rid of the pain I have to have an operation to fix my foot, which would mean that I would not be able to continue playing tennis.

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Nadal confirms that if he gets surgery on his foot, he will need to retire and can't play Tennis.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
I remember Toni talking about it a while back, i.e. that an operation would fix the problem, but would end Rafa's ability to play tennis at the highest level.

It's probably similar to what Murray had done. Murray is never getting back to the top 4 player that he was.
 

Kralingen

Talk Tennis Guru
The good news for Rafa is that his foot injury has essentially zero chance of impacting his ability to walk or live a normal life post tennis.

there is a highly researched, proven, safe procedure in the surgery that will allow him to live a very normal, pain-free life post retirement.

He will be able to do long walks on the beach with Xisca, jog regularly, kick a ball with his kids eventually.

What that surgery will not allow him to do, though, is perform explosive lateral movements, sprint from side to side, and place extreme stress on his foot from every angle imaginable for 5 hours straight.

you can see how playing professional tennis might be viewed as one of the most unhealthy activities possible, by those in the medical profession.

He will be fine, but his career requires him to not get the surgery. I think this fact proves just how much he wants it. He could easily retire and live pain free, but he still wants the glory, he still wants to compete. And he should be commended for his willingness to endure pain to achieve his goals.
 

TennisFan3

Talk Tennis Guru
The good news for Rafa is that his foot injury has essentially zero chance of impacting his ability to walk or live a normal life post tennis.

there is a highly researched, proven, safe procedure in the surgery that will allow him to live a very normal, pain-free life post retirement.

He will be able to do long walks on the beach with Xisca, jog regularly, kick a ball with his kids eventually.

What that surgery will not allow him to do, though, is perform explosive lateral movements, sprint from side to side, and place extreme stress on his foot from every angle imaginable for 5 hours straight.

you can see how playing professional tennis might be viewed as one of the most unhealthy activities possible, by those in the medical profession.

He will be fine, but his career requires him to not get the surgery. I think this fact proves just how much he wants it. He could easily retire and live pain free, but he still wants the glory, he still wants to compete. And he should be commended for his willingness to endure pain to achieve his goals.
Great post. Sacrifices for his career, but he did achieve a lot.
 

Silverbullet96

Hall of Fame
It's probably similar to what Murray had done. Murray is never getting back to the top 4 player that he was.

But Murray had won a 500 title beating Wawrinka in the Final in 2019 with his metal hip, that's pretty impressive.
But firstly I feel like we can agree Rafa's genius doctors can be safely called better than Murray's doctors, they'll find a way or if not then invent something.
 
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