Rafael Nadal reveals superstitious tactics that led him to winning the French Open


Rafael Nadal has revealed the specific superstitions which led the Spaniard to win his 11th French Open.

Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem to claim the Roland Garros title while also regaining his world number one status.

The 32-year-old showcased excellent from throughout the Open having only dropped one set throughout the entire tournament, but Nadal revealed the superstitious tactics he used to guide him to victory.

“I always shower in the same shower, in the last one on the right of the dressing room,” Nadal told Spanish newspaper AS.

“I always use the same box office, the 159. And little else.

"I’m introducing things, because what I do now is not the same as what I did eight years ago.

“Before I came to the club 20 minutes earlier, I put the bandages in my hand, I moved a bit and that's it.

“Now, I have an hour-and-a-half before, I go to the gym, I warm up a lot more thoroughly.

“They are routines that change as a result of the need.”


Nadal will now look ahead to Wimbledon in July, a tournament he has won on two occasions, but first the Spaniard revealed his plans to spend time with his family and switch the tennis racket for the golf club.

“I intend to spend some quiet time with the family,” he added.

“I love the sea, I was born on an island and I would like to, rather than go fishing, disappear a couple of days at sea and dive, which gives me a lot of tranquility. Not only fish, but look at the bottom, see the fish.

“When the weather is fine I spend two, three, four hours diving without stopping and that takes me out of the world and lets me think.

“I also like to play golf and I try to be disconnected from that tension, because I have not stopped for two months.”

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