In a curious transfer, Rafael Nadal will make his debut this summer season August 2nd in Washington, D.C. The Spaniard has accepted a wildcard to play the occasion as an alternative of the Olympics and sure as an alternative of Canada which is all goes properly shall be held the next week.
Clearly Washington met his price ticket to play (over $1M?) however is there a much bigger motivation right here?
At 35, is he simply spreading the Rafa like to locations the place he hasn’t performed? If that’s the case, I commend him and it’s one thing perhaps Roger Federer ought to take into consideration doing (and if Novak Djokovic completes the Calendar Slam this 12 months, perhaps subsequent 12 months he can simply attempt to win titles the place he’s by no means performed earlier than…lol!).
Or does he simply need to courtroom time after a protracted layoff?
Or is he attempting to make a giant run on the US Open, a match he’s gained extra instances within the final 5 years than Djokovic, and get to 21 earlier than the Serb?
No matter it’s — and it might be a mixture of all three plus the cash — good for him. It indicators he’s wholesome and eager on taking part in properly on the hardcourts and intent on occurring a deep run in New York. It additionally sends a message to Novak: I’m not going away.
I do know Rafa’s nonetheless acquired that unhealthy style in his mouth from that French Open defeat, however I believe he’d be okay buying and selling that loss for a title in New York and within the course of stopping Djokovic’s Calendar Quest. Only a hunch, he’d be fairly joyful doing that. Lots of people can be.
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