These days, Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal seems to be stirring up a lot more headlines for his behavior off the court. Right before his Monday win at the Australian Open, Rafael made some disparaging comments
about his “friendly rival” Roger Federer.
Federer had recently said that he was against players outwardly complaining about tennis to the media. Nadal strongly disagreed with that statement and seemed to take a jab at Roger’s “effortless” ability to dominate the court.
“Maybe [Federer] has got a super body and he’ll finish his career like a rose,” Rafael told the Spanish press. “Neither myself, nor Murray, nor Djokovic are going to finish our careers like a rose. Tennis…is a tough sport. We’re not like him where it’s ‘effortless’ to play. For all of us, it’s a battle.”
But nearly as quickly as Nadal spewed out those words, he made the choice to take them back. A day after that interview, Rafael issued an apology to his old buddy and assured fans that they are still on good terms.
“These things must stay in the locker room,” he said. “I’ve always had a fantastic relationship with Roger. That’s what it should be, in my opinion. Don’t create crazy histories about what I said yesterday, please.”
By Michael Lopez