In promotion of his new 15 million pound tennis academy, Rafael Nadal sat down the Sky Sports reporter Jacquie Beltrao for an exclusive interview. The Spanish star talked about his new school for kids and reflected on what has been a disappointing 2015 season.
“During the first five, six, seven months, I was feeling very tired,” Nadal said. “I suffered, especially those months. But the last couple of months I am enjoying my tennis game. I am not worried about my tennis level.”
Ranked No. 7, Nadal simply hasn’t been a late tournament factor at many events this year. And at the age of 29, critics are writing Nadal off.
“I have to change to very important thing: be the player that I was one year ago,” Nadal said. “I get used to not finding excuses outside of myself, so I know when things are not going well it’s myself, it’s not the people who are around me.”
Nadal finished his 2015 for the first time since 2004 with a Grand Slam title on the year, and he never made a semifinal. And this season he’s been healthy! So how can he get back?
“I don’t know if I can win another Slam,” he added. “I believe yes. Let’s see if I am able to relax and control my emotions again. If that happens, and I believe that is going to happen soon, I’m gonna find my level of tennis.”
Nadal returns to action next week in Beijing where rival Novak Djokovic is the top seed. Nadal also stands 7th in the ATP Race, about 700 points ahead of No. 8 David Ferrer.
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