‘Rafael Nadal loves to play in New York’, says top coach

A few days ago, comedian Elliot Loney posted a nice video through his Instagram account titled “Tennis greats congratulate Novak Djokovic on his twentieth victory in a Grand Slam tournament”. Last Sunday, in fact, the Belgrade champion overtook the Italian Matteo Berrettini in four sets to go to lift his sixth Wimbledon trophy. Elliot, so good at making the mimicry and facial expressions of different tennis players, first of all targeted Djokovic himself, who in the video defines himself as “the greatest ever”. Later it is then the turn of Rafael Nadal, complete with a pink outfit and headband, who instead labels Nole as “the best after me and Roger, of course”. Instead, the strong Teutonic pronunciation of English is derided from the Austrian Dominic Thiem, while Roger Federer is too busy taking the applause of Wimbledon to sincerely congratulate Djokovic. Also present was Nick Kyrgios, who provocatively states: “How many games has Novak won against me? Exact. Zero. I don’t even remember the last match against him, since I was drunk. I don’t even remember a point, yet I reduced it to small pieces”. Also present were Jim Courier and Australian Bernard Tomic, whom Elliot really imitates perfectly.

Nadal will be playing in Washington

Acclaimed tennis coach Darren Cahill was recently invited by ESPN to discuss Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s prospects at the 2021 US Open. And according to Cahill, Nadal is the only player who can challenge Djokovic in New York. “Nadal will try to stop Djokovic. If anyone can stop him, it’s him,” Cahill said. “Rafa loves to play in New York. He likes the playing conditions where the ball bounces high and he also had a lot of success there.” Nadal will be playing in Washington and the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Canada and Cincinnati before traveling to New York for the US Open. “He will first play in Cincinnati, Canada and Washington,” Cahill said. “He will prepare well on these hardcourts and he will be ready to take up the challenge, that of stopping Djokovic.” Pablo Carreno Busta is all set to make his Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Spanish International garnered attention after his impressive campaign in the 2021 Hamburg Open. Hence, he continued to be a big part of the Olympic conversation. Speaking on Nadal’s decision, Pablo said, “Of course, you have thought about it a lot and what is best for your career.”