RAFAEL Nadal can’t wait to get back to the Philippines soon – to relax.
The Spanish tennis star had a memorable time in the country, for work, though, as he made his International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) debut in the Manila leg of Season 2.
But he hopes to return for leisure next time, visiting the countryside after failing to do so in his first time owing to a hectic schedule.
“You saw how tough our schedule was here,” Nadal said on Tuesday night. “I’ve been here working, staying with you (media), doing different things for sponsors, and being on court for a long time and working on the gym, too.”
“So I didn’t have the luck to visit the country,” added the 29-year-old from Mallorca. “I know there are beautiful things here and amazing beaches. I’m from an island too, so I hope to come back and visit the islands here.”
He can attest to one thing about the country, though.
“The people are fantastic,” the Indian Aces star beamed. “They’ve been so friendly and nice with me since I arrived here. I’m really looking forward to coming back soon.”
Nadal played against the home side, the Phlippine Mavericks, but received an equally loud, if not the loudest, ovation from the fans.
And the Grand Slam champion rewarded them by taking time to sign autographs on enlarged tennis balls from fans on the sidelines and obliging to selfie requests – and even from some of the media after the post-match press conference.