Tennis fans on social media could not contain their excitement after Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray were spotted together on the practice courts at Wimbledon. In a video posted by Wimbledon on Twitter, Nadal was keenly watching from the sidelines as Murray hit a few shots during the practice session.
The two members of tennis’ ‘Big-4’ have long been fan favorites and drew reactions from tennis fans on Twitter after their practice session on Wednesday.
“I would do ANYTHING for this to be the Wimbledon final,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“If I could sit in that chair next to Rafa, this would be my idea of heaven,” another fan wrote.
Nadal and Murray have won a combined four Wimbledon titles. While the Spaniard won the title in 2008 and 2010, his Brit colleague triumphed in 2013 and 2016. The 2016 title was Murray’s last Grand Slam title. The two players have faced each other thrice so far at Wimbledon, with Nadal winning all three matches. Their latest clash at SW19 came in 2011 when the Spaniard won their semifinal match.
Nadal has not played on tour since his French Open triumph earlier this month. The Spaniard underwent a new form of treatment for a chronic injury to his left foot two days after winning at Roland Garros.
After a few days of rest and training on grasscourts in Mallorca, the 22-time Grand Slam champion arrived in London on Monday. He is set to participate in an exhibition tournament at the Hurlingham Club this week, where he is expected to play two matches.
Meanwhile, Murray has already played in two grasscourt events ahead of Wimbledon. He reached the semifinals of the Surbiton Trophy before making the finals of the Stuttgart Open, losing to Matteo Berrettini in three sets.
Murray had to withdraw from the Queen’s Club Championships due to an abdominal injury he picked up in the third set of the final in Stuttgart and will likely be seen in action at Wimbledon.
“At the beginning it is difficult for us” – Coach Francisco Roig on Rafael Nadal’s preparation at Wimbledon
“It’s not the first time nor will it be the last, I hope. It’s normal because when you start on grass… He’s been playing in Mallorca for four or five days, but one thing is to hit the ball more while standing, Without expecting anything, than this.
The Spaniard is chasing the Calendar Grand Slam this year, having already won the Australian Open and French Open titles.