- Rafael Nadal: Why the Spaniard’s absence from the French Open is hard to imagine even now | BBC
No matter how many times you tell yourself “Rafael still misses the French Open”, it still seems almost impossible.
The Spaniard, who is synonymous with Roland Garros, red clay and the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy with which he lifted the record 14 times, will not appear when this year’s edition starts on May 28 as he is not fit enough after suffering a hip injury.
Even the fact that it’s a physical problem holding him back is almost unthinkable considering he won the title last year with a completely numb left foot due to multiple pain injections.
- Rafael Nadal and well deserved happiness | Country
Since 2003, when he began to make his mark among the ATP elite, Nadal has missed 13 Grand Slam tournaments due to physical ailments and has been sidelined for a total of around four years, adding the duration of all injuries. Still, he was able to break Federer’s record for major tournaments and keep up with the other member of the Big Three, Novak Djokovic, who will turn 36 next Monday, without giving up. He’s still holding back, but wisdom and tomorrow have prevailed. For some time now, he has been speaking heartily about his physical problems, confessing that the end is in sight at a farewell tournament for his Swiss comrade, with both players in tears in a photo that went around the world.
- The sports press responds to Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal from Roland Garros with iconic headlines | express.co.uk
The French press reacted to the loss of their “King of Clay” with an emotional cover of L’Equipe showing Nadal stretched out on Philippe Chatrier’s court. “Une terre sans son roi,” it read, which meant “land without a king.”
An enlarged photo of Nadal’s face covered Marca, with the caption “Que hadas qui nos tienes para siempre”, which literally translates to “What are you doing here, you have us forever.” Meanwhile, AS quoted the Spaniard directly from his press, writing: “I don’t deserve such an end.”
Newspapers such as ABC also carried the news of Nadal’s retirement and eventual retirement, writing, “Still, goodbye your way.” As all Spanish newspapers used photos of Nadal from his press conference, El Pais wrote: “Still will stop for a few months and prepare his retirement in 2024.”
- Rafael Nadal plans to move into his new home with his wife and family this summer | sportskeeda.com
Located in the highest part of Porto Cristo, the house is said to have been completed after three years of work. The Nadal family by Mallorca newspaper, is due to move into the luxury location in early summer. The move would make sense as the couple, who welcomed their first child in October, are looking to settle down.
The architect Tomeu Esteva, who founded the company Esteva i Esteva, based in Palma, was commissioned to design the house. It is built on a 7,000-square-foot plot that includes four volumes, two two-story buildings and a basement, and an additional few one-story buildings.
With each floor with large windows and terraces, the luxury home built on the coastal cliffs provides the perfect place to witness the open water. The main buildings of the house are interconnected and have a garden and swimming pool.
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafa’s new home in Porto Cristo | Majorca diary
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