Rafael Nadal says he is ready for post-tennis life as he underlined that tennis is not the only important thing in his life. Nadal, 36, had another injury-plagued season in 2022 but still he was able to win two Grand Slams.
Last month, Nadal became a father for the first time in his life. Due to injuries and parenthood, some feel Nadal may now be tempted more than ever to conclude his astonishing in the foreseeable future. “My time will come when it has to come.
I’m quite prepared for my next life outside tennis. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem for me beyond what will be an adaptation to the changes. My life has things equally or more important than tennis,” Nadal said, as quoted on Eurosport.
Nadal on Roger Federer’s retirement
In late September, Federer’s great career came to an end at the Laver Cup. In the final match of Federer’s career, Nadal and the Swiss teamed up for a doubles match. Reflecting on Federer’s retirement, Nadal admitted that Federer was a very important part of his career.
“There are many experiences together, important moments shared in our lives as rivals and team-mates. People have feelings and understand this sport for what it is, a sport. When you have a rival like Federer, throughout your career – because when I started Roger was already there, it’s true I played more matches with Novak than with Roger, but I started it with him [Federer].
Due to our contrasting styles and personalities, due to affinity, in some way we have shared so much. Someone I have admired, who I have rivalled and also I have shared many beautiful things on and off the court was leaving.
In that sense, all those moments, those feelings you have before playing a final of a Grand Slam, of an important tournament, everything that was in the air before those matches. It was different from other matches. You know you’re not going to live that again and a part of my life left with him [when he retired].
It was also the emotion of saying goodbye to someone who has been so important to our sport,” Nadal said of Federer’s retirement.