During one of Rafael Nadal’s training sessions in Cincinnati, a fan could be heard comparing seeing Nadal to visiting the Mona Lisa painting. “Okay, I’ve already seen the Mona Lisa. Let’s go eat,” said the fan, according to Tennis Atlantic.
Tennis enthusiasts were quick to blame the inanimate fan. “He’s probably a bucket list person,” said one Twitter user. “You couldn’t have dragged me until it was over and out of sight,” said another.
“Too bad he’s missing out,” continued another. Nadal landed in Cincinnati on Thursday and at the practice track on Friday, where he trained with Holger Rune. Nadal will return to Cincinnati for the first time since 2017, seeking his second win since his historic run in 2013.
The Spaniard will work to improve his condition in Ohio ahead of the US Open where he will fight for his 23rd Major title. The Spaniard’s last appearance came ahead of the Wimbledon semifinals, at a press conference where he announced his withdrawal from the penultimate act against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal problem that has plagued him all year.
The return of the winner of twenty-two Grand Slam titles should return to the first major stop of the season on North American hard courts, that is Montreal, after the suspended day at the All England Club.
Consequently, Rafael Nadal’s return will take place in Cincinnati. A return that would not only take place on the tennis courts but would also conceal a return to the top of the ATP rankings.
Rafa Nadal apologizes
“It is true that this tournament was not the easiest for me in my entire tennis career, even if I managed to win a year.
But it was the year I achieved almost everything. I’ll do a couple more semifinals I think or one. True, I don’t know, for some strange reason I never had the best feelings in this tournament, but on the other hand I felt very welcome here all the time,” said Rafael Nadal.
After walking over to Coric, the 36-year-old said he had done his best and apologized for not making a deep run at the tournament. “I can’t thank the organization enough for making things so easy [for me]. i try my best
You know and I’m sorry I’m out in the first round, no, but that’s tennis, that’s the sport. The other opponent is playing well and they played better than me today,” he said. “Obviously I didn’t play my best match.
Something that can happen. Coming back from a difficult period, something easy to accept and easy to congratulate Borna for playing better,” he added.