Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal made an interesting revelation during his Media Day in Rome, revealing that as a kid he used to keep the light on so he would not fall asleep while watching the TV.
Nadal has always been one of the mist likeable players on the ATP Tour and stuff like this is what has made him a fan favorite wherever he goes.
“When I was little I always kept the light on, now I don’t … I fall asleep with the television on,” Nadal revealed, per Sportskeeda.
Nadal underlines he needs time
Nadal was sidelined for a month and a half because of a rib stress fracture.
Last week, Nadal finally started his clay season in Madrid.
As expected, Nadal wasn’t at his best and he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid quarterfinal.
After a quarterfinal in Madrid, Nadal headed to Rome.
Nadal is hoping to get a couple of wins under his belt this week as he is hoping to reach the French Open well prepared.
“No, when you are six weeks without touching a racket and without having the chance to move your body. My body is like an old machine. To put this machine on again it again takes some time. It’s not the same when you are 19 than when you are almost 36, with all the issues that I went through in my tennis career, no?
“You need to build again the confidence in your body, on your movements, then you going to start feeling again comfortable with your tennis, no? I am happy the way I started the year. For me it has been amazing. What happened in the last two months, yes, but in the other hand I have probably the best start of a season in my tennis career at my age.”
Nadal will be bidding to win a record 14th French Open title this year.