Rafael Nadal showed off his mini-table tennis skills at a recent media event hosted by one of his sponsors, Babolat. In a video posted by the Tennis Channel, Nadal can be seen showing off wonderful wrist work and eye-hand coordination during a rally.
Rafael Nadal’s opponent made a few mistakes, but the Spaniard was impeccable with his returns, as is often the case on a tennis court as well. Nadal finished the procedure with a magnificent backhand smash, after which he smiled.
Interestingly, the event took place in Paris, where the Rolex Paris Masters is currently taking place. However, the Spaniard is not part of the Masters 1000 draw as he is still rehabilitating his wrist. The Mallorcan has recently resumed training but is far from regaining full form.
Rafael Nadal reveals his return plans
Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he intends to make a comeback later this year at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The 20-time major champion added that he intends to play a tune-up event ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
“My plan is to play in Abu Dhabi in December, then in a tournament before Australia, then the Australian Open. That’s my goal,” said Nadal. AFP. “We are working hard to make it happen.”
Nadal has suffered from a chronic foot injury that has haunted him since 2005. His condition worsened at Roland Garros this year, after which he took a brief hiatus from the sport.
Nadal returned to action at the Citi Open in August, but was forced to play despite the pain, after which he ended his season. The Spaniard, however, did not go for foot surgery and opted for a different kind of treatment which seems to have helped him.
The 35-year-old was pictured on crutches days after his treatment, but has since returned to the tennis courts to boost his fitness.
One of his most recent training partners was a 97-year-old tennis player who recently traded a few hits with his idol, Nadal, at the latter’s academy.
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