Rafael Nadal coach Carlos Moya, a former French Open champion himself, asked Patrick Mouratoglou to show ‘bit of respect’ after he cast doubts on Spaniard’s chances at Roland Garros.
Nadal, who had a tremendous start to the season, suffered a rib injury in March and was out for almost six weeks.
Before Nadal’s comeback match at Madrid Masters, renowned tennis coach Mouratoglou talked about his chances at the French Open.
— Carlos Moya (@Charlymoya) May 3, 2022
Speaking on French Television, Mouratoglou said: “Nadal is going to play few games and it is very rare that he arrives in Paris with so few games. It will be strange for him.”
“Despite his great start to the season, Nadal has always been a player who needed to play many matches. He is not going to arrive in his best shape at Roland-Garros.”
The Spaniard showed few signs of rustiness as he defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 7-6(4) in Madrid on Wednesday in his first match back.
Moya reminded Mouratoglou of Nadal’s stellar record.
“17 straight years in the top 10, [winning] Roland Garros 2020 after three matches in seven months, [winning] Australian Open 2022 after three matches in six months…a bit of respect and memory,” Moya wrote on Twitter.
Nadal is the undisputed ‘King of Clay’, having won 13 French Open titles.
Though the 35-year-old has made many winning comebacks from injury in the past, it remains to be seen if he can continue the run this time around.