US Open 2022: Nadal: “My wife is fine” | Sports
Rafael Nadal’s last months have touched extremes. From a sporting point of view and results, the tennis player has added two other big names to his list (Australian Open and Roland Garros) and has reasserted himself at the top of his sport, undefeated this year in the four majors and without having made almost any concessions (four defeats); From a personal and physical point of view, on the contrary, the Majorcan has gone through times as happy as they are complicated, resisting several misadventures in the chassis (left foot, rib, abdomen) and at the same time celebrating his future fatherhood, a subject which has become the talking point of some publications lately.
On the 24th of this month, the Mallorca newspaper published that the athlete’s wife, María Francisca Perelló, had been admitted to a hospital in Palma de Mallorca due to a pregnancy complication. Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Nadal had already competed at the Cincinnati Masters and was rushing preparations for the US Open in New York. Once the good news was confirmed from his home country, he stuck to the plan and started competing in the last big of the season. However, he hasn’t been oblivious to all that has been said about his personal life and the recent buzz and speculation, as well as everything that’s happened lately, has come to affect him.
“In the fact that the year is incredibly good, you have to be realistic and evaluate, because I know where I have been lately. I went through a lot of difficult situations. I broke a rib, at the start of the year I had foot pain, before Roland Garros my foot was destroyed, I manage to adjust it more or less and I break my abdomen… In the end there are many things that will not allow you to have continuity,” he later responded to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini on a rough and turbulent night, in which he staged a comeback, hit a racket and had to be treated for a cutting and dizziness.
“As you know, on a personal level, I am in a situation that is close to my heart. And I have to manage everything. As much as they came out according to the kind of information in the press about my wife’s condition, she’s fine, I’ll let it go. What happens is that these are sometimes more difficult situations to manage when you are away from home,” he explained. “You have to go step by step, day by day and, as always, from peace and quiet, building things that can work for you and that’s what i try to do, be calm, be as enthusiastic as possible and try to focus on what i have to be, but sometimes things aren’t that easy either,” he continued.
A “positive” person
And, in reference to knowing if all the external noises and physical misfortunes affected him on the track, he completed in front of the journalists: “You have to accept it and I assume it without problem. For me it’s a challenge and I accept it. I hope to be ready in two days [para el partido de la tercera ronda, el sábado] and I play much better than today. And I’m a positive person. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I don’t lose faith, or rather hope, until we’re out.”
During the match against Fognini, the champion of the 22 majors slipped his team which suffered from “anxiety”, an aspect which he then clarified in the conference room. “It was a way of speaking. At one point, I was making such a mess that I wasn’t taking a break at all. The heart rate was much higher than it usually is without long spikes,” he said; “That is to say, when I was on break I felt very accelerated and it didn’t allow me to think clearly or act logically to my standards of play. It’s a consequence of having too much badly done things for a long time in the game”.
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