Energy levels drop precipitously once the ripe old age of 31 is attained, or so Rafael Nadal and his doctors would purport as the justification for Nadal’s pulling out of the All England Club lead-up at Queen’s Club.
The tournament is traditionally a chance for players coming off the clay circuit to adjust their games to the grass surfaces they will encounter the week following at Wimbledon.
Nadal is citing exhaustion as his justification for pulling out of Queens, although what he was doing in Paris after his brief court sessions en route to winning his 10th French Open would have to be the probable cause, because he expended precious little energy, losing not one set at Roland Garros.
Mr. Nadal, if you think you are tired now, double you age and imagine how we must feel.
In the announcement of his decision to skip Queen’s Nadal expressed some regret, saying, “I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week. I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen’s, I won the tournament in 2008 and every time I reached the Wimbledon final it was after playing Queen’s. I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long clay court season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.”
What, Rafael? No note from your mother?
To be fair, we experienced out fair share of fatigue three decades ago, when the burdens of life at the age of 31 were simply too much to bear, so we have to applaud Nadal for having the confidence to go into Wimbledon without having any matches on grass.