Record 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal revealed his nostalgic side this week when he admits he would like to see “more diversity” in today’s game. As tennis has evolved, players have become more aggressive and powerful in their shots.
In the past, that wasn’t really the case, as players patiently looked to build up the point and then attack when the right opportunity presented itself. “I would like tennis that offers more opportunities, with more diverse styles of play.
Today most play in a very similar way, the conditions in which they play give little room for other tactics, beyond what happens on clay, which gives more opportunities. For me, sport is also thinking to achieve the goal.
In the past, not all the balls were attacked. And today there are no transition balls or point preparation. Luckily I have done well, but nostalgically speaking I like another sport,” Nadal explained, quoted on ESPN Tennis.
Nadal ‘grateful’ to be able to continue playing
Nadal, who turned 36 in June, had another injury-plagued season in 2022. He was, however, able to win two Grand Slams this year. The 2022 season was definitely not ideal for Nadal, but the Spaniard is grateful to be able to continue playing the game he loves.
“I am happy. At this point in my career, being where I am is a gift, always with passion for what I do and with maximum intensity. I don’t have 10 years ahead of me, but I will try to do my best,” said Nadal.
Nadal recently became a father for the first time in his life. After he and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Nadal admitted that leaving his house is much more difficult now than it was in the past. But Nadal plans to continue his career for at least one more season.