Rafael Nadal says it has been a privilege to compete in the same era as Serena Williams and wished the American all the best in the next chapter of her life. Nadal, 36, and Williams, 40, have made a huge mark on tennis history and will both go on to become one of the greatest champions the game has ever seen.
With Williams retiring after this year’s US Open, Nadal took a moment to show his appreciation and respect for Williams and her greatness. Hi Serena. For my part I can only say thank you. Thank you for all the amazing things you did for our sport, such an amazing ambassador.
It has been a great honor to share almost my entire tennis career with you,» Nadal said in a video for the ATP Tour. «And honestly, I have many memories of you winning, playing and emotional moments. It has been a great privilege.
So all the best for your future and your life. Hopefully we can still see each other on tour, and like I said, all the best. See you soon.»
Nadal remains strong despite injuries
Nadal is often plagued by injuries, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving great success this season.
After missing almost the entire second part of the 2021 season due to a foot injury, Nadal bounced back in 2022 with two Grand Slams. Even though Nadal didn’t win Wimbledon, he still hasn’t lost in 2022. After winning the Australian Open and French Open, Nadal reached the Wimbledon semi-final before being forced to pass on Nick Kyrgios due to a abdominal injury.
This season, Nadal has battled various physical setbacks: injuries to his ribs, foot and abdomen. Still, Nadal has managed to win on the biggest stage and become a record 22-time Grand Slam champion. Last year, there was great concern that Nadal might be forced to retire from tennis. Fortunately, Nadal was able to overcome health problems and continue his career.