Rafael Nadal: 'People should remember my legacy, not titles'

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru


The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal has accomplished almost everything in our sport in the past 16 years, always giving his best and improving his game despite numerous setbacks and injuries. Nadal was always open to adding different elements to his game and remaining competitive for almost two decades.

The Spaniard became world no. 2 after conquering the first Roland Garros crown in 2005 at 19 and has never left the top-10 once he entered the group in April 2005. Nadal was the Wimbledon finalist in 2006, mastering the fastest surface and winning the All England Club title two years later in that epic final against Roger Federer.

Carried by this boost and extending his Roland Garros dominance, Rafa lifted the trophy at the Australian Open 2009 and secured a Career Grand Slam at the US Open 2010, still at 24!

Rafael Nadal will skip the rest of the season due to a foot injury.
Earning his place among tennis immortals, Nadal was not ready to step back and enjoy his success without fighting for more, always finding a way to bounce back from severe injuries and surgeries.

Celebrating numerous victories over the players from the top and heartbreaking losses, Rafa wishes to stay remembered for his legacy and the example he has given to the upcoming players, never breaking a racquet and always giving his 100% against every opponent.

Nadal has had another tough season behind him, winning two titles in Barcelona and Rome but dealing with a foot injury that forces him to skip the rest of the year. Eager to return stronger in 2022, Rafa underwent treatment in Barcelona a couple of days ago and will resume training after suitable rest.

"Numerous tournaments have indeed contacted me about joining the field, but things are different than in the past. To play, I have to be ready both physically and mentally; no one has unlimited batteries. When you are young, you have plenty of energy, but now you have to make decisions that sometimes you do not like and skip tournaments you would love to play.

In the future, I do not want to be remembered as a tennis player with numerous titles but the one who has left a good example for boys and girls; it's my only objective. If one thing I wish I could say that I have done well is that I have transmitted positive stuff on and off the court, something that makes me very satisfied," Rafael Nadal said.

 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa is setting the example that you can be great without feeling entitled and showing no respect for your opponent who is playing better than you. It is important for the next generation to show respect towards the viewers and their opponents. It's also important for the next generation to know that privilege is not a right. There are parents who are struggling to buy their child just one racquet so to see a top professional player whom they look up to, deliberately destroy their racquet because they get it for free, must be very frustrating.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
Rather than just disagree you should say why you disagree and who you think is better than Nadal as a role model.
I didn't disagree. I was just interested; what makes a person say "without a doubt" on a subject people don't agree on? It implies he believes other people's opinions don't matter as much as his.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
I didn't disagree. I was just interested; what makes a person say "without a doubt" on a subject people don't agree on? It implies he believes other people's opinions don't matter as much as his.
Who on earth could possibly argue that Djokovic is a good role model, let alone a better role model than Nadal or Federer? His behavior and conduct is an absolute embarrassment. Consistently. No one in their right mind would ever point to Djokovic and say to their child, "that's how you should behave." He literally abuses children on the court who are merely trying to collect balls.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
.... on how to buttpick every point, hen sniff his hand and eventually use the very same hand to say thanks for the match to your opponent :eek:
@Rafanbriagade - sorry, couldn't resist. Obviously he did incredible
This comment is proof that people have to exaggerate and make things up because they can't rely on factual evidence to say negative things about Rafa. Quite a compliment.
 
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Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
This comment is proof that people have to exaggerate and make things up because they an't rely on factual evidence to say negative things about Rafa. Quite a compliment.
What's exaggerated/made up/non-factual in my comment? (which was written as a joke, mind you)

My signature, i.e. your quote, is an example of someone exaggerating/making things up. I'll repeat it for you:
Clayqueen: Rafa holds all the key records not only on clay but also on h/c. He is not just the King of Clay but also of the USO.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
i remember operation peurto
"The Spanish doctor at the centre of a global sports doping scandal has admitted that clients at his Madrid clinic included cyclists, athletes, tennis players, boxers and football stars.

"They were sportspeople of all kinds," Dr Eufemiano Fuentes told a court in Madrid that is finally trying him seven years after his arrest. "It could be a cyclist from a cycling team, a footballer from a football team, a tennis player or a boxer. There were also athletes.""
But do you also remember who's parents work in the Swiss pharma industry??? (@octobrina10, why am I left to do your job?)
 

Sunny014

Legend
Peak Dominance

Fed > Djokovic > Rafa

Recordwise

Novak > Fed > Rafa

Moneywise/Brand Ambasador

Fed >>> Novak > Rafa

As an Athlete

Rafa > Novak > Federer

As a role Model

Rafa > Roger > Novak

Popularitywise

Fed >>> Novak > Rafa

So Overall Legacywise ..... Fed > Novak = Rafa
 
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Rudiiii

Rookie
Legacywise

Fed > Rafa = Novak

Recordwise

Novak > Fed > Rafa

Moneywise/Brand Ambasador

Fed >>> Novak > Rafa

As an Athlete

Rafa > Novak > Federer

As a role Model

Rafa > Roger > Novak

Popularitywise

Fed >>> Novak > Rafa
I mean, what is legacywise? Most fans?Most trophies? Or biggest brand,because with biggest brand comes more many, so you wrote two times same thing. Obviously Rafa has more fans as Spaniard, and Fed has more money because of better marketing? And Djokovic has most most important trophies, so i wouldn't put legacy there as that is combination of more things
 

Sunny014

Legend
I mean, what is legacywise? Most fans?Most trophies? Or biggest brand,because with biggest brand comes more many, so you wrote two times same thing. Obviously Rafa has more fans as Spaniard, and Fed has more money because of better marketing? And Djokovic has most most important trophies, so i wouldn't put legacy there as that is combination of more things
I guess you are right.

Legacy is a combination of all that, fans+brand value+stats = a total of how significant you are in tennis = legacy

Maybe Fed > (Novak = Rafa) is the status of that.
 
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