Rafael Nadal addresses retirement talks ahead of Australian Open

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 | 0

Rafael Nadal’s career is at a stage where there are more questions than anything. How is he going to fare on his return? What is the update on his injury? Has he changed his hard style of play keeping in mind a longer run on the tour? Or is retirement on his mind?

Questions are aplenty. But the Spanish tennis ace had just a couple of things to say during his press conference ahead of the prestigious Australian Open that gets under way next week.

One: he is all ready for the season-opening Slam? The second is even bigger: he says he doesn’t fear the ‘realistic’ thought of retirement.

“Life has great things, not only tennis, so it is something that doesn’t scare me, to think about that day and that day is realistic,” the 32-year-old was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.

“The day that I feel that I don’t have chances to compete for the things that make me happy will probably be the day to do another thing.”

Does he believe he can all the way?

“I am here to try and play a very good tournament in Melbourne and I believe if I have this good week of practice and I am able to have a good start in the tournament, why not? I am playing well [enough to win].

Not that he is not planned for his life after tennis.

“I prepare my future, of course. I have my tennis academy, a foundation. I have different things around the world that I have to take care

[of]

in the future.

“Of course I will not be the guy who finished a tennis career and am going to stay at home fishing and playing golf every day.

“Of course I would like to do it more often than the last 20 years probably, but I like the work, the new experiences.

“I am a worker so I like to do those things.”

Nadal, who began the 2019 season with a three-set defeat to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Championships in Abu Dhabi, has been seeded second in the main draw.

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