Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek are each defending their Internazionali BNL d’Italia titles this week in Rome, so it was becoming they chatted on the follow court docket Tuesday earlier than starting their runs.
It isn’t the primary time they’ve met on the follow court docket. At Roland Garros final 12 months, the pair loved a fast hit at Roland Garros.
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Swiatek has lengthy spoken of her admiration for Nadal. Final week, the Polish star ready for Rome by coaching on the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.
“For certain it was inspiring. You possibly can see all of the trophies, which is superb. Seeing numbers on Wikipedia is one factor, however seeing all of the trophies, how constant he was typically in some tournaments, it is superb,” Swiatek mentioned in her pre-tournament press convention. ”Truly I actually like this museum. It was not solely about Rafa and about tennis, but additionally about different sports activities. You possibly can see there was Fernando Alonso System 1 the place he gained world championships.
“It was simply attention-grabbing since you might see the sports activities, not solely tennis, not solely what Rafa did, in order that’s good.”
The WTA World No. 1 additionally had excessive reward for the current efforts of Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en path to capturing the Mutua Madrid Open title final week.
“I need to watch highlights for certain. I am going to try this. I did not have time as a result of [the] final couple of days have been actually busy for me by way of practising,” Swiatek mentioned. “I am going to try this for certain as a result of what he is doing is superb. Wow, like profitable towards Rafa and Novak on the identical event, simply loopy.”
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