20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is concerned by the way in which the serve is trending in today’s game..
Nadal believes that players are getting bigger and the serve us getting faster.
If it continues tending in that way, Nadal is concerned that matches will solely be decided by serving.
“I think we need to think about the serve at some stage,” he told Japanese sports magazine Number. “Because the players are getting bigger and bigger and the serve is getting faster and faster.
“If someone doesn’t find a wise solution for serving, I’m worried that matches will be decided solely by serving. I think this problem will get worse within 10 years.”
Nadal a fan of testing creative ides in exhibitions
Nadal was asked what if the serve was reduced to just one try.
“I don’t think it’s an irrelevant idea,” Nadal responded. “You can test it out and see if it makes sense. I’m in favour of innovation in the tennis world. I think it’s a good idea to try it in a small tournament first.”
Nadal, 45, called it a season in August due to a persistent foot injury.
Nadal knows he is nearing toward the end of his career but he insists he is not afraid of life without tennis.
“I try not to think about my age as much as possible. I will retire when I don’t feel fresh physically and mentally. I also realize now how much I love tennis and I have a real privilege to play for such a long time. Afterwards, when my racket is put away, I will also devote more time to my foundation, which supports economically disadvantaged children. But the truth is, I am not at all afraid of life without tennis,” Nadal told Number Web.
Nadal is hoping to be ready for the start of the 2022 season..