‘He proceeded to greet Rafael Nadal with a tap on the butt’, says reporter


The Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco has revealed that his son Mateo is a great tennis fan, so much so that he has repeatedly asked him to be able to meet Rafael Nadal during the 2023 Australian Open. Both Spaniards did not shine in the first Grand Slam of the season: ‘Nando’ is not managed to qualify for the main draw, while Rafa exited the scene already in the second round and suffered a second-degree lesion to his iliopsoas. The former world number 1 will have to stay in the pits for a couple of months and it is not excluded that he will return to the field directly on the red clay of Montecarlo. The last few months have been really complicated for the 36-year-old Spaniard, who has had to deal with various physical problems. After the semifinal reached at Wimbledon 2022, we no longer admired the best version of Rafa. Many believe that the 22-time Grand Slam champion is very close to the end of his career and that he will never win a major again. The Majorcan’s goal is certainly Roland Garros, where he will go hunting for his 15th seal.

Rafa has been out of action since suffering a hip strain at the AO

According to reporter Blair Henry, Verdasco opened up about his two-year-old son wanting to meet “his friend Rafael Nadal.” “Per Fernando Verdasco, his 2yo son Mateo is obsessed with tennis & repeatedly asked when he could see “his friend Rafa” in Australia,” Henley wrote in a tweet. Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni has said that the World No. 6 will not retire anytime soon from professional tennis. “In his mind he is not retiring for now. Another thing is what the doctors say or that he has more pain than he touches. The moment is still good and if he is fit, he will continue,” the Spaniard revealed during an educational meeting. “In the end it’s a complicated fight against a great champion like Djokovic. To overcome Djokovic is difficult because Djokovic is fresher than him. He will have options at Roland Garros and after France. We’ll see,” asserted Toni. Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni recently opened up about how the Spaniard has been dealing with fatherhood. “My relationship with the child is the same as I would have with any family member. He is my nephew’s son, and I am delighted because, for the moment, he is the youngest of the family. We are all very happy and with the satisfaction of seeing another child in the family,” he said.

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