A few months away from the usual, this year’s French Open is taking place now. According to the tennis analysts, Paris’s current environment will not favor Rafael Nadal to claim his 13th title in the major. However, Spaniard admits he has to accept this challenge with the right attitude.
Whereas tennis tours did not occur in the last six months on the season due to the pandemic, the French Open went from summer to autumn. As a result, Nadal comes to play in the new weather conditions and without enough preparations.
In the recent interview with LesEchos, Nadal answered when he was asked about playing the French Open this different environment. He said, “Everyone will be affected by these unprecedented circumstances. This period is going to be a test. We will see how things evolve in the coming weeks.”
Additionally, Spaniard continued, “I have to keep the attitude as positive as possible, knowing that getting back to the track is never easy at the start. I have to accept this challenge and not necessarily have the best feeling of the game. But with the right attitude. I have already made so many comebacks after long periods without playing!”
“I Feel A Bit At Home There”- Nadal on Playing French Open
While Rafa is playing in the French Open since 2005, he has won 12 Grand Slam out of his19 titles. Speaking about his best memories of Roland Garros, Nadal revealed that he has many friends in FFT, and he feels like home when playing in Paris.
King of Clay expressed his memories, “I have so many. Maybe the victory in 2017, it was exceptional, my tenth title. But honestly, I enjoyed all these years and not just on the court. I have many friends at the French federation, among the people who work in the tournament. I feel a bit at home there. And I can feel the support of the crowd, of the people there. It’s something hard to describe, but you feel great when you play and get that support.”
As long as the French Open main draw matches will begin on Sunday, Nadal will play against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in his opening round.