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WATCH: Rafael Nadal Looks in Good Shape in His Practice Session

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World No.2 Rafael Nadal was recently allowed to return back to the practice courts abiding by the lockdown rules in Spain. The Spaniard also posted the first image of his return to training at his academy in his hometown Mallorca, Spain.

 

 
Earlier, Nadal had not touched the tennis racquet for almost two months during the coronavirus lockdown. He last trained before the commencement of the Indian Wells Masters in early March. However, he returned to Spain after the cancelation of the event due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

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As the pandemic swept around the world, Spain was among the worst-hit nations by the deadly virus. Consequently, Nadal was confined at his home for several weeks. However, two weeks earlier, the Spanish Government eased the lockdown rule in Mallorca as there was a significant decrease in both the number of coronavirus deaths and new infections in the Balearic Islands.

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“Happy to be back on my practices” – Rafael Nadal
Consequently, Nadal was able to return to practice at his academy. Subsequently, the 19-time Grand Slam champion has posted a video of his practice and he looked in perfect shape as he struck the ball quite cleanly.

“Happy to be back on my practices and happy for the kids at the Rafael Nadal Academy who can also play. Here some footage from today,” wrote Nadal on social media.

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Earlier, the 33-year-old had revealed that he is pessimistic about the 2020 season. He feels that the tennis tour might resume next year and he is more worried about the Australian Open 2021. Nevertheless, the Spaniard has to keep himself in shape and be prepared to resume the tour anytime.

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Earlier, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem also resumed their training session. However, despite their return to court, they have to wait before competitive action starts again. We hope that the tour resumes soon and watch our favorite players back in action.

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Serena Williams insists she won’t be a ‘pushy mum’ ahead of daughter’s first tennis lesson

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Serena Williams insisted she wasn’t going to be an overprotective tennis mum after dropping her three-year-old daughter off Olympia off for her first lesson.

And she revealed little Olympia’s new instructor had no idea she’d be teaching the offspring of a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, arguably the greatest women’s player of all time.

Serena shared the milestone moment with fans in a series of Instagram stories.

Sporting a yellow Nike cap, she said: ‘Guys, I signed Olympia up for tennis lessons.

‘Don’t even start with me because I’m not giving her tennis lessons, I signed her up for some. But the lady has no idea that it’s my daughter so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m not a pushy mom but I know how I like technique so I’ll make sure she’s good at teaching Olympia some techniques.’

Olympia showed off her new tennis outfit (Picture:@serenawilliams/Instagram)

The four-time Olympic gold medallist made sure her girl had all the best kit ahead of her first foray onto the court, including a tiny Wilson racket to match her mum’s.

Serena, known for her daring, stellar style, chose an adorable matching ensemble for Olympia’s debut.

The outfit seemed to have Olympia’s seal of approval too. A snap posted by her proud mum shows her dancing on the table, tongue-out, in the long-sleeved shirt and skirt in an abstract black-and-white pattern.

Olympia seemed less keen on her mum’s choice of pre-lesson entertainment, as Serena insisted on running over some pro match film before the lesson.

‘See the open stance there?’ Serena explained to the tot. ‘And look at the speed!’

But it seems Olympia finally got her way and convinced her mum to switch to some cartoons.

‘This is the film she wanted to watch,’ explained Serena. ‘That baby not playing tennis Olympia.’

Hard as it might have been for the fiercely competitive athlete, Serena stuck to her word and didn’t linger after leaving Olympia at her lesson.

Wearing a bright pink tank and a grey mask, she said: ‘So she’s at her tennis lesson but I’m going to leave so I’m not distracting. I know how to leave and be.

‘I’m not like an overprotective mum, no matter what [husband] Alexis [Ohanian] says.’

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