Rafa Nadal in beautiful moment with wife after French Open triumph
Rafa Nadal was spotted in a touching moment with wife Xisca after winning the French Open title on Sunday, with the pair embracing behind the scenes at Roland Garros.
Nadal won his 14th French Open title after dispatching Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 in the final, claiming the 22nd major of his storied career.
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In doing so he extended his lead in the men's all-time grand slam race, moving two ahead of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20.
No one was happier to see the 36-year-old triumph once again than wife Xisca, who watched on nervously from the crowd on Sunday.
She was then captured in a beautiful moment with her husband behind the scenes at Roland Garros as the pair embraced and celebrated his historic triumph.
One fan described it as the "best photo of the French Open".
..Agreed- @TennisChannel you just have to show this photo of@RafaelNadal + his wife after @rolandgarros 14th win..#FrenchOpen #VamosRafa #Nadal #Goat #Champion #Love #dedication https://t.co/ZDW84m6bDf
— MickeyMaxi (@MickeyMaxi) June 5, 2022
Nadal and Xisca were married in 2019 in a star-studded ceremony on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
She is the director of Nadal’s foundation and is often spotted supporting him at some of the biggest tournaments around the world.
While Nadal likes to keep his private life under wraps, the 36-year-old has been open and honest about the fact he doesn't want to start a family with Xisca until he retires from tennis.
Nadal has previously said that he doesn't want to be travelling the world while trying to raise children and risk being away from them for long periods of time.
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However children might on the cards in the very near future, with speculation swirling that Nadal is heading towards retirement.
On Sunday, the 22-time grand slam champion vowed to 'keep fighting' and play at Wimbledon later this month, but admitted he has some very difficult decisions to make regarding his troublesome foot.
“It’s amazing the things that are happening this year,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation after winning the first two grand slams of the year for the first time.
“For me personally, it’s very difficult to describe the feelings that I have.
“It’s something that I never believed to be here at 36 - being competitive again, playing on the most important court of my career. It means [an awful] lot to me.”
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I’m going to keep fighting.”
Nadal later revealed that he had pain-killing injections in his left foot to play the French Open after dealing with a chronic issue for years.
While revealing that he wants to play at Wimbledon, Nadal said he won't if it means taking more injections.
"Wimbledon is a priority. If I am able to play with anti-inflammatories, yes [I will play], but with anaesthetic injections, no [I won’t play]," he told reporters.
"I don’t want to put myself in that position again. It’s not a philosophy I want to follow.
"Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss, it’s not a tournament anyone wants to miss.
"I love Wimbledon. I’ve had a lot of success there. A player like me, I’m always ready to play Wimbledon.”
Nadal's PR agency was forced to release a statement before Sunday's final denying rumours that Nadal was set to announce his retirement.
But it appears as if we're not far away from that sad day.
“It’s obvious that with circumstances that I am playing, I can’t and I don’t want to keep going, so the mindset is very clear," he said about his foot.
"I’m going to keep working to try to find a solution and an improvement for what’s happening in the foot."
Speaking about his next steps before tackling Wimbledon, Nadal said: "It's going to be a radio frequency injection on the nerve and trying to burn a little bit the nerve and create the impact that I have now on the nerve for a long period of time.
"That's what we are going to try. If that works, I'm going to keep going. If that does not work, then it's going to be another story.
"And then I am going to ask myself if I am ready to do a major thing without being sure that things are going the proper way, for example.
"A major surgery that doesn't guarantee me to be able to be competitive again and take a long time to be back (is a risk). So let's do it step by step, as I did all my tennis career."
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