Rafael Nadal nostalgic? Perhaps. This week, the Bull of Manacor is present in Buenos Aires to play an exhibition event alongside Casper Ruud and Gabriela Sabatini. In a press conference on Tuesday, the Majorcan talked about several topics: his fatherhood, retirement and also his vision of tennis. Always direct, Rafa admitted he prefers the old tennis, the time when the styles were more varied.
“On a personal level, as a show, I would like to see a tennis that offers more opportunities, more varied styles of play. Today, the way the game is played and the way the courts are made or the balls are made, I think most people play a very similar style, the speed it’s played and the conditions, so there’s very little room to implement a different tactic or a different way of thinking. Everything is moving too fast to come up with something different, to have time to think, like it might happen on clay. Tennis has changed, when I came on the tour it was played in a different way, the Big 3 had to adapt to stay competitive and improve. Things have gone very well for me, I can’t complain, but I like a different type of sport where you can prepare your moves,” he explained. A point of view that purists will no doubt appreciate.
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