Rafael Nadal, World number one has successfully narrowed down the success of Sports to two major things; Hardwork and talent. He used the success of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to buttress his claims. He insists that if anything, Talent is more important.
Talking from his own experiences and professionalism in his career, he said iterates the importance of talent and an innate special ability to bring about the professionalism one seeks in the game of sports. Here’s what he said:
“For example, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic worked a lot to achieve what they did, but you have to consider that they had a special talent.
“To be a super player, you need to have something inborn.”
Rafael Nadal has been able to retain the world number one position for three consecutive years before Roger Federer attained that position and is back at the top of the rankings again following the fall of Federer to world number two.
He has a set goal to beat Federer’s benchmark of 20 Grand Slam titles this year following his Injury recovery and comeback in the Game. Nadal and Federer have been the two dominant forces in the Men’s Tennis for almost a decade if not more and have an opposition in Novak djokovic who also is a good player.
Nadal has a problem with parents that force their children into professional athletics and sports in general, forgetting that their interests and talents play a heavy role in spurring them to the top.
The tennis star said this to ‘Onda Cero’ a Spanish Radio station. “There is a problem with [parents who want their children to turn pro],
“Parents shouldn’t put too much pressure on kids to become professional athletes.
Nadal was spurred into Tennis by his Uncle and coach Toni Nadal who coached him through his entire tennis career until the end of 2017 season when he hung boots. The world number acknowledges the importance of Familial support but still reiterates his belief on innate ability to help a child push forward when there is no familial support.
The 31-year-old also shed some light on injuries incurred in the game and how they hinder the success of one’s career if not properly handled. He talked about the downsides of professional sporting and the challenges associated with it.
“I deal with painkillers and I have to use them, but I am not the only one, everyone does it,” Nadal added.
“Throughout my career, I missed many more events than my biggest rivals. “Injuries are complicated because, when you deal with physical issues, you lose a lot of months and you can’t compete.”