In addition to his 20 Grand Slam titles, Rafael Nadal is also known for another rare reason, his pregame routine. Consequently, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Frances Tiafoe and others responded in unison when asked who had the weirdest pre-game ritual. The answer is not surprising, as Rafa has delighted tennis fans with his pre-match and in-game rituals. And so, as players competing at the Winston-Salem Open described their rituals, Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan shared an intriguing incident about the Spaniard. Without a doubt, Rafael Nadal is the best competitor in tennis. So much so that he religiously follows a system that has worked for him for more than a decade. So when asked who has the weirdest pregame ritual, Andy Murray replied, “An easy one for me, and that would be Rafa Nadal.” In addition, he described the 35-year-old’s method. “It’s just kind of nervous energy I guess.” When world number 37 Alexander Bublik was asked the question, a locker room story emerged. He revealed: “Rafa is running around the locker room all the time. He almost hit me at the Australian Open.” Later, David Goffin and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic illustrated the rituals. While Goffin said,” What he’s doing with his shorts, his nose, “Cilic completed,” Before I go up to serve or even come back it could be. Who else?” Also, compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, friend for decades, Richard Gasquet, and Frances Tiafoe only took his name. Therefore, like the clay courts or the French Open, Rafa is also difficult to overcome in the pre-game rituals.
Alex Corretja on Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal will be missing the US Open for a second consecutive year. His foot injury has forced him to pull out of the major event along with the what remains of the 2021 season. In a recent interview with Joan Solsona of Marca, Corretja presented his views on Nadal’s injury. Moreover, he is optimistic about Nadal’s future and believes he will win another Grand Slam before retiring. The breaks have hampered his rhythm and flow throughout the year. He was looking good at the beginning of the year and could have won a lot this year. “It makes me unsettled to see how he will be after so many months without competing, but he is optimistic. I know, from his surroundings, that he is eager and that this is not over,” said Alex in an interview with Marca. (Translated via Google Translate) “Rafa’s career is not over and I am confident that he will win another ‘Grand Slam’,” said Alex.