Rafael Nadal’s year so far has been a whirlwind of emotions for the Majorcan tennis player, who has experienced moments of absolute joy, such as the two victories in the Grand Slams played, alternated with the great pain he has suffered due to injuries. Regarding tennis, Nadal had an incredible season, with a balance of 30 wins out of 33 matches played, which earned him two Grands (the Australian Open and the 14th Roland Garros of his career) and two other tournaments (the 250 of Melbourne and Acapulco), as well as the final of Indian Wells. The Spaniard also put together a 20-match winning streak earlier in the year and surprised everyone with his achievements at the age of 36. The other side of the coin, however, has been injuries, which have brought Nadal many problems and headaches. First the rib fracture he suffered in Indian Wells, which forced him to be off the court for almost two months, and then the chronic foot problem, stopped the streak of the 22-time Grand Slam champion, who could still have been more triumphant given his almost total absence on clay (Nadal played the tournaments in Rome and Madrid, but physically affected). The umpteenth joy of 2022 for the tennis player from Manacor may not be due to the events on the court. According to the magazine “Hola”, Nadal’s partner, Mary ‘Xisca’ Perelló, is pregnant and expecting the couple’s first child. The Spanish tennis player, who is attending an institutional act in the Balearic Islands together with the president Francina Armengo, preferred not to make any statement in this regard, postponing the ‘day of truth’ until Friday the 17th.
Nadal surprised everyone
Rafael Nadal has a brilliant ability to make unbelievable comebacks, be it from big injuries or during matches where he seems down and out. “As much as people think that I always have confidence, it’s not like that, when things go wrong, I often see it very black. But this is the essence of sport, that although the possibilities are minimal and it seems impossible, you keep fighting, you try for your personal satisfaction of having given you the option of having an opportunity,” Nadal said. Meanwhile, Nadal, who is double-vaccinated himself, has always made clear his views on vaccines. “I understand that there are people who do not want to be vaccinated, but it seems to me to be a bit selfish. We have suffered a lot. We do not know one hundred percent of the effects of the vaccines, but we do have to trust the doctors, which we do know. It is the effect of the virus if we are not vaccinated.”