Following his first title since the French Open, Rafael Nadal talked about he doesn’t want clay events like Acapulco switching to hardcourts.
“Clay is a traditional surface of our sport, we need to protect that,” Nadal told Reuters news service.
“We are changing more and more tournaments from clay to hard surfaces but the hard surface is more aggressive so there are more and more injuries,” Nadal added.
“You can check on the tour (statistics) that many players have injuries so there is something we are doing badly, the people who manage (tennis), that is not right.
“In my opinion, it’s important to be healthy not only during your career but also afterwards because you have a life outside tennis and after your career.”
Nadal has suffered a series of injuries in the last year, from his back, wrist and a bout with appendicitis, but can you point to the hardcourts as the root cause of any of them?
And in 2013 when Rafa missed the last half of the season with a bad knee, Nadal had just finished a 3-month run on clay and grass, not hardcourts.
“When I finish (my career) I would like to be able to play a game of football with friends but playing so much on hardcourts complicates that.”
The year Rafael Nadal won his first French Open in 2005, 24 of 64 scheduled ATP events were on clay (37.5%) . This season that number is down slightly to 19 of 60 events on clay (31.6%).
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