At Roland Garros 2021, the third career defeat for Rafael Nadal on Parisian clay came. The Spanish phenomenon, who had done everything possible to win his 21st Grand Slam, had to surrender in the semifinals to eternal rival Novak Djokovic.
After winning the first set, the 34-year-old from Manacor was the victim of a physical decline, which allowed the number 1 in the world to overturn the inertia of the challenge and win a comeback. Before the second Slam of the season, Rafa had participated in four events on red and won two (Barcelona and Rome, both with match points canceled along the way).
Already in a press conference after his elimination at the French Open, the Iberian had questioned his presence at Wimbledon. The official announcement arrived on Thursday afternoon. Through a press release on social media, the Majorcan announced that he will not take part in either the Championships or the Tokyo Olympics.
Nadal will therefore enjoy a couple of months off, with the intention of recharging his batteries in view of the swing on American hard court. With Roger Federer far from top form, Wimbledon looms as a golden opportunity for the Next Gen.
Mardy Fish on Nadal’s withdrawal from Wimbledon
Talking about Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from Wimbledon and Olympics, former world number seven Mardy Fish felt that the bubble restrictions are what driving some players to opt out of tournaments.
“Hate this for Rafa. These players are tired of bubbles, reduced prize money, tournaments moving schedules(French Open)…Wimbledon has most strict bubble this year and British Open won’t have a bubble? Hmm Just talkin out loud…”, tweeted Fish.
Rafael Nadal recently took to Twitter to reveal that he is pulling out from the upcoming Wimbledon Championships and Tokyo Olympics. Nadal cited the need to “listen to his body” after a rigorous claycourt season as the reason behind his withdrawal.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Nadal wrote. “It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision.
The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition,” he added.
Rafael Nadal pointed out how the small gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon – just two weeks – played a role in his decision.
Roger Federer’s mother reveals a secret about him
Lynette Federer talked about a secret of her son Roger Federer
Roger Federer will play an exhibition match in the Cape Town in South Africa,
The match will be between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the foundation of Federer.
The tickets were sold in minutes and they expect to break Tennis’s most attendance match by 50,000 fans.
Last year, Federer and Zverev broke the record with 43,000 fans in Mexico and in February
He will do it with Nadal.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s mother is happy about the match and to play in her country,
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She revealed a secret of her son and it might be one of the reasons of why He’s still playing Tennis.
“What amazes me most is the fire and zeal with which he is involved,”
“He still jokes in the dressing room with his opponents, playing a trick or two on them.“
“Somehow he is still there with almost childlike joy. That’s a good sign.”
Roger Federer will be playing an exhibition match on the 15th of January in Australia
to donate and help the bushfire victims, Rafael Nadal will join the match and many more stars as well.
Moreover, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic donated $50,000 as She challenged him on Twitter.
Novak Djokovic father attack Roger Federer ‘he can go home’
This time, Novak Djokovic Father mentioned that Roger Federer doesnt’ want to retire
just because He can not accept that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be better than him.
“Why is this happening with Federer, who is still the most successful and best tennis player in the world?”
“That is a fact according to the results, which will not be for a long time. Because he cultivates so much animosity towards Novak.
Moreover, Srdan suggested that Roger Federer can go home and to more interesting things.
“They have developed a kind of respect over the years, but why do you think he still plays at 40?”
“Imagine that, a 40-year-old man still plays tennis, when he can go home and do some more interesting things.”
“But since both Nadal and Novak are breathing down his neck, he simply cannot accept the fact that they will be better than him.
“Go, man, raise children, do something else, go ski, do something. Tennis is not your whole life,”
“It is just my son’s current hobby. He is only a tennis player at the moment.”
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Novak Djokovic father attack Roger Federer he can go home
Back to Monte Carlo 2008 where Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer met in the S-Finals,
Roger Federer told Djokovic team to Be quite after they were talking about a long ball.
and not for so long, Novak Djokovic Father besides his wife started saying tough comments about Roger Federer.
And from the other side, Roger Federer never replied to the Serbian Couples to let their comments only in the media.
Nick Kyrgios tells Novak Djokovic’s father not to ‘push the blame’ onto Grigor Dimitrov
The fallout from the Adria Tour continues with Nick Kyrgios hitting back at Novak Djokovic’s father for trying to “push the blame” onto Grigor Dimitrov following a string of positive coronavirus tests.
The controversial tournament, the brainchild of 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, took place in Serbia and Croatia despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Players and fans did not wear facemasks during events and did not adhere to social distance rules with Djokovic insisting that they were following guidelines set out by the Serbia government.
The first big bombshell dropped on Sunday evening when world No 19 Dimitrov confirmed he returned a positive coronavirus test after returning home to Monaco, and Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also tested positive, but the latter two were still in Croatia.
World No 1 Djokovic added his name to the list when he announced on Tuesday that both he and his wife Jelena tested positive for Covid-19 after they flew back to Serbia.
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His father, Srdjan, was unimpressed by Dimitrov and blamed the Bulgarian.
“Why did it happen? Because that man probably came sick, who knows from where,” Djokovic Sr. said of Dimitrov on RTL Croatia TV.
“He didn’t test here, he tested somewhere else … I think that’s not fair.
“He inflicted damage to both Croatia and to us as a family in Serbia.
“Nobody is feeling well because of this situation.”
Kyrgios, who has been very outspoken about the Adria Tour, hit back at Srdjan in an Instagram Story as he wrote ” don’t push the blame”.