Rafael Nadal has assured fans he has not made any plans for when he would like to retire from playing tennis.
Nadal, the world number two, will be going for a 14th Roland Garros title in May, and if he achieves it he will take sole possession of the record for most Grand Slam wins in the men’s game.
He will turn 35-years-old three days before the French Open final this year, however, so it is natural for speculation about retirement to circulate.
He, though, insists he has no idea when the time will come to hang up his racquet.
“I do not have [any plans to retire],” Nadal told Brazilian magazine Veja.
“As long as I am healthy and able to compete, I intend to enjoy my life in tennis and always give 100%. That’s how I see the sport.
“The most important thing is to be remembered as a good person. In the end, it is the most relevant.
“The victories, the titles and the memorable moments are important, but everything passes. The person you were is the one who remains forever.
Nadal has rarely coveted the limelight, and he says that is likely to remain the case even after he eventually retires.
“Fame does not affect me or my behavior,” Nadal explained.
“It is true that I am a reserved person. I am used to a life in Mallorca, where I can be an ordinary person, just a man with his family and friends.
“I am aware of the advantages and disadvantages of fame, but I try to live a normal life.”
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