There are just a few days left and the 2021 Wimbledon Championship will officially begin, the third Grand Slam of the year which returns to full capacity in the circuit after a year of absence caused by the Pandemic and due to the virus that for over a year and a half has ‘brought everyone to their knees’ we.
Now the season is back on the grass with one of the most prestigious tournaments in the history of this sport and that every tennis player dreams of playing and maybe winning. It was a particular year and many injuries and other problems forced some tennis players to skip the event.
Among the main names there are certainly Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka, top tennis players of the male and female circuit. Rafa played in a grueling Roland Garros that ended with a very hard defeat like the one he reached in the semifinals in four sets against his long-time rival Novak Djokovic.
This battle caused the tennis player to have several concerns about his condition ahead of Wimbledon and given the two close matches, the twenty-time winner of the Grand Slam tournament has decided to announce his forfeit from both Wimbledon and the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.
. Quite particular is the case of the Japanese champion Naomi Osaka who, after announcing her retirement in the second round from Roland Garros, decided to forfeit Wimbledon. The tennis player has been discussing tennis players’ mental health issues and recently she revealed that she has been having problems with it since 2018.
Unlike Nadal, Naomi Osaka works to return and play the Olympics at home. Other luxury absentees include three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, recovering from foot surgery, and Canadian Milos Raonic, recovering from a calf problem.
Toni Nadal on his nephew’s level
Rafael Nadal’s grueling claycourt season took a huge toll on his body, prompting him to withdraw from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. Toni Nadal on his part believes that Rafa should be able to bounce back from the defeat since it wasn’t his first.
The 60-year-old did, however, add that he was surprised at his nephew’s withdrawal from Wimbledon. “A loss at Roland Garros is always painful, especially if you have won 13 times,” Toni Nadal said. “But it is not Rafael’s first defeat.
He has lost more difficult games in finals. It is normal that he is a little affected.” Toni also pointed out that his nephew’s level and stats this year were not as good as they were in the 2020 edition of the tournament.
“If you look at Rafael’s numbers from 2020 to 2021 there is a difference. In the end it is a scale, when one goes up the other goes down and vice versa,” Rafael Nadal’s uncle added. “I did not see an incredibly good game.
I read that it was said that the level was very high, with superlative adjectives, and I did not see it that way.”