Serena Williams’ childhood coach Rick Macci does not see 37-year-old Rafael Nadal being a authentic Grand Slam contender when he returns after a really lengthy absence brought on by an damage. Nadal, a former world No 1, hasn’t performed any tournaments since this yr’s Australian Open.
After present process surgical procedure on his psoas muscle in early June, Nadal is engaged on his return and hoping to play once more in January. When Nadal returns, he can be a yr older and it is going to be precisely a yr since he final performed.
“As far as Rafa coming back, as you get older, you lose a little mobility and people aren’t afraid when they know you’re vulnerable. There’s not that much difference between the guys at the top and then the next tier, and when they know they have a chance, that’s a whole different thing, even on clay.
Where before against Rafa, he’s 112-3 on clay [at Roland Garros]. The match was over before it even started. You knew you weren’t gonna beat the guy more than likely. So that being said, I wish Rafa all the best, but he’s not at the exact same level he was before so I don’t think he’s a contender to win a Slam,” Macci instructed Tennis-Infinity.
How a lot can Nadal do in his return?
Over the past couple of months, Nadal has a number of instances spoken about his comeback targets and targets. For Nadal, the primary precedence can be staying wholesome when he does return. Then, Nadal will attempt to slowly discover his sport and get again into the aggressive rhythm.
When requested about his Grand Slam aspirations, Nadal admitted that successful a Grand Slam for him can be very troublesome in 2024. If Nadal performs at this yr’s Australian Open, he can be unseeded and there’s a chance for him to attract a giant title in early rounds. Actually, Nadal’s greatest possibilities of making a robust Grand Slam run subsequent yr can be on the French Open.