For the first time since February 2003, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not part of the top five tennis rankings. However, Nadal insisted in a recent event that he and Federer can still compete at a high level despite the drop in the rankings and they are not done just yet.
“Roger and I haven’t forgotten how to play tennis and we are working to get back to competing at the highest level. Sometimes continuing to play is not the solution. Sometimes the solution is to stop and restart a training program,” Nadal said during the opening of his Tennis Academy in Mallorca, via First Post.
The Rafael Nadal Academy is situated in his hometown of Manacor that has 26 clay courts, two swimming pools, seven paddle tennis courts, mini football pitches and a fitness center. Nadal invited Federer, who despite being a rival for many years, is a friend off the court.
“I hope the kids are going to learn from this great man. He’s one of the greatest we’ve ever had. His attitude speaks for itself. I hope it’s going to be a wonderful academy. One thing’s for sure, I know where I’m going to send my kids if they want to learn tennis. I’m going to send them right here,” Federer said, via ATP.com.
According to AS.com, Roger Federer will not be playing for the rest of the year because of an injured knee. He is going through a rehabilitation process in order to be ready for a lot of tournaments next season.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is still unsure of his status for the rest of 2016 but he has not indicated that he will take the next month and a half off. He shocking lost in the second round of the 2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters last week to World No. 28 and Serbian player Victor Troicki.
The last time the Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were out of the top five was in February 2003 when Lleyton Hewitt was atop the rankings followed by Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Andy Roddick.
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