Carlos Moya, former world number one in 1999 and current coach of Rafael Nadal (3rd), explained the decision of the manacorí to be absent from Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.
“The tour on brick dust has been very hard, with a lot of physical and mental pressure. Rafa finished exhausted. He is going to take a well-deserved rest, this is a marathon, a long-distance race in which you have to make tough decisions and has considered that the best thing is to stop to return full of forces ” said the Spanish coach to the media Board Sport.
In addition, who has been training the manacorí since 2016, expressed: “Rafa two years ago reached a point of great mental exhaustion from which it was very difficult to get out and now he has interpreted that he was close to that again. He cannot afford to go to a Grand Slam if he is not 100%, because of everything. that implies its image, by prestige and by how it is “.
The native of Palma de Mallorca also explained that this decision was never made based on the result of the match against Novak Djokovic (1st) in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. “The defeat has not affected as much as the fact that there is a week less than usual to prepare for Wimbledon, as well as the context in which we are with the pandemic. It is complicated on a mental level to face the confinements prior to a big game, playing with little public, etc. This affects Rafa, he is a person who has a great connection with people and it was hard to go to London with a quarantine in between” he claimed Moya.