Rafael Nadal is making a comeback in 2024 having been side-lined for almost all of 2023. Richard Gasquet, his training partner reveals his conditioning and training ahead of the upcoming Brisbane Open.
Rafael Nadal has been training in the off-season to make a big comeback in what seems to be the final year of his illustrious career. Recently, he has been training with Richard Gasquet to ramp up his training. Following the training camp, Gasquet has made some exciting comments for Nadal’s comeback.
The Frenchman, Richard Gasquet trained with Rafael Nadal last week at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Manacor, Spain. Following the warmups, Gasquet was left impressed with Nadal’s conditioning and competitiveness.
In an interview with the French newspaper, L’Equipe he revealed about Nadal’s training levels and what Nadal fans can expect from their star heading into the new season.
He was quoted :
“I felt that he was no longer in pain. He will be competitive and win games. There is no doubt! He is doing three-hour training sessions and will play as much as he can.”
In addition to these statements, he was also impressed by the training facility of the Nadal academy and had high praise for it. He said :
“Gustavo Marcaccio was looking for some players for December and I said I wanted them. I didn’t know the academy, but it’s magnificent and with a lot of people on the courts. It has everything you need.”
The Frenchman’s comments on Rafael Nadal’s match fitness are taken a huge positive. Previously, it has also been mentioned that the rehab was difficult and painful for the Spaniard. Recent developments like these will motivate fans to back their favorite Tennis star for one last push at winning titles in 2024.
Rafael Nadal starts his campaign at the Brisbane Open in Australia, an ATP 250 tournament. The tournament is also set to feature Holger Rune and Grigor Dimitrov among other great players.
“Much better than he could’ve expected”, Coach Moya is joyed by Rafael Nadal’s pregame matches with Arthur Fils
Rafael Nadal has been amping up his training in the Middle Eastern country Kuwait. He was found sparring with the uprising star Arthur Fils. Rafa’s coach has made interesting comments after these sessions.
In an interview that followed after the training session with Fils and Nadal, coach Moya was impressed with Rafael’s movement and abilities. He says that the progress is well ahead of schedule and there’s a lot to be excited about. Here’s what he had to say in an interview given to ATP Tour ES.
“He obviously knows that now he himself is still not at his best level, but that little by little he is going to acquire it. That’s part of our job too. These days in Kuwait we have trained with Fils, and the truth is that it was very good, much better than he could have expected.”
Coach Moya and Nadal are both expecting peak fitness before the start of the Australian Open. While Rafael starts his campaign from Brisbane, the Spaniard will want to conquer the land down under one last time.