At the conclusion of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) leg in Manila, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal said that he is looking forward to returning to the Philippines for a vacation.
“I have a tough schedule here doing different things for sponsors, working, staying with you [media]that’s why I don’t have the luck to visit the country,” Nadal told reporters during interview on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“I played on the court for a long time and working on the gym too. I’m looking forward to return in the future and visit the amazing islands and beaches. I know there are many beautiful things, so I’m excited to comeback soon,” added Nadal.
He also called for support for Philippine tennis, “It is obvious tennis sometimes is expensive, it’s not easy for everybody that’s why it’s important to help the people who can’t travel and can’t afford to have a good coach. I try and try in my foundation to help those kids. Good spirit when you are involved in sports, good atmosphere and values too.”
“I think here in the Philippine, there are lot of people who can do it [patrons who can support tennis].”
Nadal also declined to give any timetable for retirement, “No idea. You know? I don’t know I just try my best everyday. I’m happy with the way I compete, more happy to keep going and have the motivation, more than happy to keep going.”
“It doesn’t matter one, two, three, four, five or six years, I’m going to play as long as I enjoy the sport.”
Despite losing 5-6 to Philippine Mavericks player Milos Raonic in the last men’s singles match on Tuesday, Nadal emerged as the most favorite player among Filipino tennis fans.
The Philippine Mavericks beat the Micromax Indian Aces 25-24 sweeping all their three games in the Manila leg of the tourney.
Nadal and the Micromax Indian Aces will also compete in the India leg of IPTL starting Thursday.