Rafael Nadal discusses his mental health ahead of his attempt to make history at the US Open.
The world number three stated that he has been “anxious” at times during his career, but that he is not under any additional pressure to win a record 21st Grand Slam title in New York.
Rafael Nadal has spoken out about his mental health ahead of the North American hard court swing, where he will attempt to win a record 21st Grand Slam at the US Open. He admits to feeling apprehensive at points during his career, speaking in Washington as he prepares to play the Citi Open for the first time. With 20 Grand Slams between Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic, one of them might win in New York and make history.
The world number three is preparing to play his first match since losing in the Roland Garros semi-finals against Novak Djokovic.
The 13-time French Open champion was a clear favorite to win the tournament again this spring, giving him a total of 21 Grand Slam championships.
Instead, the Serb went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon, giving him, Nadal, and Federer a combined total of 20 Majors, the most by any male player.
It means the 2017 US Open will be under much greater pressure, with the possibility for one of the big three to pull ahead in the Grand Slam chase with a historic victory.
Despite the fact that history was on the line in his first round match against Jack Sock at the Citi Open, the Spaniard claimed he will approach the US Open in the same manner as always.
“Honestly, it’s the same important as always,” Nadal told CBS Evening News. The fact that Novak has 20, Roger has 20, and I have 20, has no bearing on my drive or pressure.
“I’m not going to change my approach. I’m always the same. I do things my way. If Novak or Roger play there and win, then that’s great. I’m not going to be irritated because of it.
“I know I’ve accomplished something I never imagined, and I’m going to keep fighting for it and doing things.”
The 35-year-old has been actively participating in the current mental health discourse in athletics, openly expressing his support for Simone Biles after she withdrew from a number of Olympic competitions.
Nadal opened up after recently declaring he “100%” respected her decision. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”