I always talk about Roger Federer but this week I read the news that Rafael Nadal is back training on the courts, after a long layoff due to injury
- Nadal is one of the most dedicated,
hard-working athletes on the tennis tour.
Tennis plays a huge part in his life.
Yoga has the same role in mine. I
practice 6 days a week on average, and have been doing so since 2004. It requires a lot of discipline and
- Rafael has had problems with his knee for the past few years, but has continued to play competitively. I have been having shoulder problems, but have never had to disrupt my 6-days-a-week practice.
- This year however, Rafa had to stop playing completely after a partial tear in his patella tendon. I had to stop practice too, after an incident in Sydney.
- Rafa probably did a lot of physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the proper muscles. I went to see a physiotherapist for the first time and am doing exercises on a daily basis.
- Rafa is back on the courts and hopes to compete in the Australian Open. He wrote on his Facebook page, "My first tennis practice after all these weeks. Getting better and hope to continue with the positive trend." My sentiments exactly!! I am back in Mysore and (touchwood) am slowly starting to build up my practice. My hope is that I will be able to do a proper backbend again.
- Oh, one last point - Rafa could not play in Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open this year. Neither could I.