Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal summons thousands of fans during his first training in Paris – La Opinion

Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal summons thousands of fans during his first training in Paris – La Opinion

Rafael Nadal carried out his first training session on the main court at Roland Garros this Monday among the ovations of around 6,000 fans who warmly received him since he left the locker room tunnel.

A great ovation when Philippe-Chatrier appeared on the court and cries of “Rafa, Rafa!” They welcomed Nadal, favorite of the Parisian public for his record of 14 wins in this tournament, as shown in the organization’s images on social networks.

Nadal He had a session of almost two hours on the courtduring which each of his hits was accompanied by the clamor of the public.

Rafael Nadal had a session of 1 hour and forty-five minutes on the Philippe-Chatrier court.
Rafael Nadal had a 1 hour and 45 minute session on the Philippe-Chatrier court.
Credit: Dino García | Courtesy

During training he was accompanied by tournament director Amelie Mauresmo and the Spaniard’s coach, former world number 1 Carlos Moyá, who watched his activity from a corner.

He shared the training with his coach Marc López and a French sparring partner.Vivien Cobos.

He exercised for exactly one hour and 45 minutes, although his pace was more intense during the first hour.

The Spanish tennis player had arrived at the Roland Garros venue shortly before to begin his preparation for the Grand Slam on clay, which begins next Sunday.

“Hello… How are you?” a smiling Nadal greeted an official tournament camera as he got out of a van and unloaded his training equipment.

The Parisian tournament, which will conclude on June 9 with the men’s final, will hold the draw for the draw this coming Thursday.

Nadal, who established himself at the international level at the age of 18 with his victory in Paris in 2005, arrives at this edition of the tournament in a very different situation from that of his last victory, in 2022, after a 2023 absence marked by his problems. physical.

“I don’t want to feel at Roland Garros the way I felt in Madrid or Barcelona, ​​without being able to really fight,” the tennis player said a week ago in an interview conducted before the Rome tournament and broadcast on French public television France 2.

And he added that, with the Parisian tournament, the only Grand Slam on clay, it has “some emotions and a history” that would make it “harder on a personal level to play it without being able to compete.”

For now, the Mallorcan tennis player, about to turn 38, was smiling when he arrived at the courts, collected his equipment from the trunk of the vehicle and headed to the training area, without giving any clues about his physical level.

*With information from EFE.

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