‘An important part of my life is leaving too,’ says emotional Rafael Nadal in his post-retirement book
He has won the Wimbledon title 10 times and the US Open seven times
The 34-year-old is now preparing for his first foray into the women’s game since 2001
World No2 Serena Williams congratulated Rafael Nadal in a press conference following his retirement on Friday night
The match-winning performance came after he had taken a break from tennis since Wimbledon
‘If you’re ever in my way, I’ll put you in my way. I don’t need to be asked to do that’
Nadal (right) with his wife, Ana, and daughter, Naomi, who he recently gave a birthday present when he was a teenage boy
In his book, Nadal writes: ‘When I was young, I thought that all the things that weren’t mine were just someone else’s property.’
With his long legs and powerful forehand, Nadal, who will turn 34 next month, is one of the greatest players in the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal is seen during an exhibition in his home state of Rio de Janeiro on July 16, 2007
Wimbledon champion Nadal went on to win five major titles in his career, including the 2008 US Open
The three-time Wimbledon champion’s seven US Open titles make him the most successful in the tour’s history.
After Wimbledon, he went on to win five major titles. He also reached the last four of all four Grand Slams. He also won the French Open in 2006, the 2008 Australian Open, and the 2014 French Open.
Nadal, who turns 34 on October, was at Wimbledon and will miss the 2017 Australian Open, the first time he won’t attend since his last title came way back in 2003.
He told reporters he will no longer pursue ‘the usual things as a guy who lives and breathes tennis because it is