If there’s anybody you’ll be able to study clay-court tennis from, it’s Rafael Nadal. Forward of the Mutua Madrid Open, WTA star Naomi Osaka mentioned she has been attempting to implement one thing the Spaniard does into her personal sport.
“I believe I stole one of many issues that he did and I’ve been practising it just lately,” Osaka mentioned, with out going into specifics. “It’ll both go actually good or actually unhealthy. There’s like no in between. However I believe as I’ve been doing it, it’s been going fairly properly.
“Truthfully I’ve been wanting to observe the actually good clay-court gamers practise as a result of I really feel like I’m the kind of individual that learns actually quick if I see it up shut, and actually it’s a little bit of a waste to have all these actually good skilled tennis gamers and never watch them. I’ve sort of wished to see [Carlos] Alcaraz, so it’d be cool to observe everybody practise.”
The seek for enchancment is nothing new for Osaka. In Miami, the 24-year-old talked about she had just lately studied Nick Kyrgios’ serve in Los Angeles.
The previous World No. 1 is glad to attempt to study from others, however don’t count on to see her hitting reverse forehands with a follow-through fairly like Nadal’s on the Caja Magica.
“[Can you] Think about? I’ve really been warming up sort of left-handed however I don’t suppose that’s a ability that’s going to point out itself anytime quickly,” Osaka mentioned. “It’s identical to for technical causes. If I hit left-handed forehands, it’s simpler to hit a backhand if that is sensible.
“I do know that each child rising up taking part in tennis on the planet has pretended to be Nadal a minimum of as soon as.”
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