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 her next chapter of life. Nadal, 36, and Williams, 40, left a major mark on tennis history and both will go down as 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 his greatness. “Hi Serena. From my side, I can only say thank you. Thank you for all the amazing things you have done for our sport, such an amazing ambassador.
It was a huge honor to share almost my entire tennis career with you,” Nadal said in a video for the ATP Tour. “And honestly, I have a lot of memories of your wins, your games and your emotional moments. It was a huge privilege.
So all the best for your future and your life. I hope we can continue to see each other around the tour, and like I said, all the best. See you soon.”
Nadal still going strong despite his injuries
Nadal is often plagued by injuries, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving great success this season.
After skipping most of the second half 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 is still undefeated in 2022. After winning the Australian Open and French Open, Nadal reached the Wimbledon semi-finals before being forced to give a knockdown to Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury.
This season, Nadal has faced several physical setbacks – rib, foot and abdominal injuries. Still, Nadal managed to win on the biggest stage and become a record 22-time Grand Slam champion. Last year, there were a lot of fears that Nadal would be forced to retire from tennis. Luckily, Nadal was able to overcome health issues and continue his career.
. Rafael Nadal shares special message with grande retired Serena Williams