Sometimes ten Grand Slam titles are still not enough to warrant a reply back from a golfer who just won his first Major. Speaking to the press after beating Michael Russell today, defending Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal said that he had sent a congratulatory text to Rory McIlroy but had yet to hear back.
“No,” answered Nadal when asked if he hard heard from the new US Open champion. “I for sure text him a message. You know how when you win a tournament like this how many messages you have on the phone. Anyway, he did amazing. He played solid yesterday doing what he had to do all the time, no mistakes. So mentally we talk about the level of the golf, only Tiger a few times. Saw one player play like this.”
McIlroy, who himself is a tennis, blogged that he couldn’t wait to be courtside at Wimbledon.
“I’ve been invited to Wimbledon on the second Monday and shall be in the Royal Box – you can be certain that I’m seriously looking forward to that as I love my tennis,” he wrote.
Said Nadal, “Hopefully have the chance to congratulate him in person.” Nadal and Rory met and became friends during the US Open last year.
Nadal, who has won 15 straight matches at Wimbledon, plays American Ryan Sweeting in the second round on Wednesday.
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