22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reveals one change in his life: ‘I can’t see Tiger Woods play as often’

Tiger Woods is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. So when he decided to play only in selected tournaments due to health problems caused by a car accident, all his fans felt disappointed. And 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal was one of them.

The Spaniard recently revealed that he was considering retirement ahead of Wimbledon due to a knee injury at the press conference meet. Fortunately, however, he decided against it.


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“It’s normal for people to talk about great athletes retiring because, even more so in more popular sports, they become part of so many people’s lives,” Nadal he added. “It happens to me the same with some football players, with golfers.”

“Man I love to see Tiger Woods play,” Nadal explained how they would feel the departure or absence of a popular entity. β€œAnd now I don’t see Tiger Woods play that often. So… it changes my life in a way.”

He further added that his fans, Federer, Djokovic or any other entity would feel the same if they ever decided to retire. “They are becoming part of people’s daily lives,” he said. “Because they are an inspiration.”

Does Rafael Nadal Consider Tiger Woods His Role Model?

Apart from tennis, Nadal likes to play golf and plays it well. He has a handicap of +0.3, which is at the pro level.

Both he and Tiger Woods developed a friendship through their main brand sponsorship, Nike. However for Nadal Forest she will always be his favorite golfer first. “I’ve always said I don’t have a role model,” Once Nadal he said. β€œBut if I had one, I’d have to say it’s him (TW).”

According to the 22-time Grand Slam winner, the 15-time major champion is an inspiration. Notably, Nadal was one of the first to express his happiness when Woods’ team revealed the golfer was out of danger following the 2021 accident.


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Woods and Nadal support each other!

Both Woods and Nadal are two of the best players in their respective sports and have a lot of respect for each other. And they are not shy to show off theirs admiration for each other on national television.

NEW YORK, NY – September 2: Tiger Woods and Erica Herman cheer on Rafael Nadal at the 2019 US Open in New York. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

Nadal once streamed Woods’ tournament in between his match at ATP 2018. Similarly, the golfer went to watch the Spaniard play at the 2020 Australian Open with his girlfriend and two children. Interestingly, he hyped the 15-time major champion’s match so much that he pumped his fists and shouted throughout the match.


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