In a new CNN story, the author spoke to many top names in tennis about what the issue is with Rafael Nadal and his 2015 decline.
Here’s a summary of what the experts said.
Andy Roddick of the BBC: Rafa probably won’t win another Slam.
Coach Nick Bollettieri: Rafa needs a new voice, new coach, he’s lost the fear factor in the locker room and he’s no longer winning the long rallies like he did before.
Former coach of Roddick and McEnroe Larry Stefanki: Get another coach, hire Andre Agassi, watch old tapes of Slam wins and do now what worked then, and play fewer tournaments.
Davis Cup coach Albert Costa: He just needs more time to get things together.
And thoughts from some past champions earlier in the year.
Martina Navratilova: Rafa isn’t as physically imposing as he once was and more and more players are hitting it harder and with more spin which hurts his game and gameplan.
John McEnroe: Rafa’s legs don’t look to be as strong, I would love to get inside his head to see what’s going on because of a lot of it is in his head.
Jim Courier: He’s not moving as smoothly or as quickly on defense and that reduces the number of forehands he sees.
Patrick McEenroe: He’s lost confidence on big points and he’s just not moving as well defensively.
Nadal is in Canada this week trying to get back to top from. The 3-time Canadian Open winner plays Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.
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