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Rafael Nadal Explains Why He Chose Tennis As a Career

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has opened up on what made him play tennis and make a career out of the sport.

Rafael Nadal reveals his love for tennis as a kid
In a question-and-answer session with children supported by the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the Spaniard said he liked playing tennis as a kid and the love slowly turned into a passion and career interest as the years rolled.

Nadal literally grew up on tennis and turned professional at the age of 16.

Though his family members and extended kin have their loyalties split between Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, Nadal decided fairly early in life the sport that he wished to excel in.

Revealing his love for tennis, Nadal said, “I really enjoyed it as a kid. I’ve always really liked sports. I played football, tennis. I liked all sports.”

Nadal says he started to excel soon after taking up tennis

The Spaniard said seeing his uncle Toni imparting tennis lessons to kids at the Manacor club got him hooked on to the game.

“I started playing tennis because my uncle was a coach at the club in Manacor, which is my hometown,” Nadal said.

The Spaniard said not long after he took up tennis, he started to excel in the sport.

“I started playing there with the other kids at the school, and well, I started to get good at tennis. I think that was when I was eight or nine years old, I already stood out,” Nadal said.

He added that once his uncle took notice of his talent, there was no looking back.

Nadal says tennis helped him make new friends
“And well, life led me to keep playing tennis. I enjoyed playing, I liked to compete,” Nadal said, adding that it was through the sport that he made a lot of new friends.

“And thanks to tennis, I made lots of new friends. And the truth is that I had a great time,” the Spaniard said.

He added that the sport gave him a chance to travel to some top tennis events in his homeland and meet people.

“I also had the chance when I was young to travel to some tournaments in Spain where I met lots of people and had a very good time,” Nadal said.

On the career front, Nadal picked up his 13th French Open title this year, the most by any player, and finished the 2020 season ranked second.

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‘Looked at differently’: Coach’s racism claims about Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic’s coach has let rip at the way World No.1 was treated throughout the last year following his Australian Open title.

Djokovic claimed his 18th Grand Slam title after his incredibly dominant Australian Open title charge last month.

community after he was outspoken on quarantine conditions regarding some players.

This has prompted coach Goran Ivanisevic to liken Djokovic’s treatment, following the ill-fated Adria Tour during the coronavirus pandemic, to the cult horror film a ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.

He even went as far as to claim an element of the treatment is racist because he comes from Serbia.

“Everything started with the Adria Tour; they were after him even before that, but in the last year it seemed to me as if I am watching that film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” he told Tennis Majors, while laughing.

“Why is he being treated that way? Probably because of his background, people from Balkans are always looked at differently; also, Novak is not afraid to speak his mind and to fight for causes he believes in.”

Novak Djokovic’s injury critics ‘sad’
At the US Open last year, Djokovic was defaulted after accidentally hitting a ball at a lines judge.

This prompted fierce backlash for the World No.1 after he was eliminated.

But coach Ivanisevic said people wanted to see Djokovic’s downfall at the US Open.

He also said Djokovic was the only one to step up for his current players in Australia.

“What happened at the US Open, it was as if everyone was glad because that kind of s**t happened to him. In Australia he stood up for his fellow players and again – let’s kick Djokovic because he is the only one to speak up, everyone else stays silent,” he said.

He also addressed the latest furore, surrounding Djokovic’s injury halfway through the Australian Open tournament.

Many accused Djokovic of playing up the injury, which occurred during the match against American Taylor Fritz in the Third Round.

But this was preposterous, according to his coach.

He said people accusing Djokovic of an injury was “the saddest thing” and claimed if other players were injured and overcame the problem they would be praised.

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‘Great to see’: Tennis world erupts over stunning Andy Murray moment

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After missing last month’s Australian Open when he tested positive for coronavirus, Murray was forced to dig deep to win his first-round match at the World Tennis Tournament against Robin Haase 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Andy Murray has won his first match at ATP level in six months, stunning tennis fans with an incredible comeback in Rotterdam.
It marked the 33-year-old’s first victory at ATP tour-level since the US Open on September 1.

After a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours, the former World No.1 said he feels like he’s playing for his career every time he steps on the court.

Andy Murray, pictured here after his win over Robin Haase in Rotterdam.
Andy Murray celebrates after his win over Robin Haase in Rotterdam. Image: Tennis TV/Getty
Andy Murray has won his first match at ATP level in six months, stunning tennis fans with an incredible comeback in Rotterdam.

After missing last month’s Australian Open when he tested positive for coronavirus, Murray was forced to dig deep to win his first-round match at the World Tennis Tournament against Robin Haase 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

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It marked the 33-year-old’s first victory at ATP tour-level since the US Open on September 1.

After a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours, the former World No.1 said he feels like he’s playing for his career every time he steps on the court.

“Every time I lose a match I’m getting told to retire, that I should stop playing, that I’m finished and got nothing left or whatever and it’s sad and all of these things,” said the Scotsman.

“I feel like I’m playing for my career just now, each time I step on court, which is a motivation in some ways.

“But it also adds a bit of extra stress. There’s a bit of extra doubt there and on top of that I’m playing with a metal hip, which is hard.

“Trust me, it’s not easy.”

Fans were delighted to see Murray in the winner’s circle again.

So pleased to see Andy lift his level after that 1st set, dug in wonderfully against Hasse who was playing very well indeed. To come back from 0-3 in the 3rd set shows he still has that grit & determination to win together with the skills. Very well done 🎾👏👏👏👍😀

Kei Nishikori also gets much-needed win
Other first-round winners in Rotterdam were Kei Nishikori, 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 over seventh seed and last year’s finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and qualifier Marton Fucsovics.

The 31-year-old Nishikori is 3-7 since returning from injury and illness in September last year and his next opponent will be an Australian, in Alex de Minaur or John Millman who play their opening round match on Tuesday.

Former World No.1 Murray, now ranked 123rd, was back on court on Monday after losing in Montpellier last week in his first ATP Tour match for four months.

Murray lost the first set to Haase in 34 minutes, saved two break points in the seventh game of the second before winning it in a tie-breaker and then sealed a memorable victory by battling back from 3-0 down in the decider.

“From the mental side yeah, I did well to win because I was really struggling with my game for probably about an hour-and -a-half of that match,” he said.

“I moved pretty well and played for two-and-a-half hours and my hips and groin and stuff felt good, so that was positive.

“But from the tennis side, it was average at best.”

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