Rafael Nadal was asked on Sunday who he’d most like to take on in tennis, and his answer wasn’t a tennis champion from a bygone era.
“Tiger Woods. I like his mentality. I like his eyes when he’s competing. I am a big fan of him,” Nadal answered.
Nadal made the comments on a scorchingly hot day in Bryan Park dressed in a grey suit and hitting balls back and forth with famous models. Tough life for Rafa.
The US Open begins Monday and Nadal is hoping to return to the winner’s circle after a disastrous year. Most of Nadal’s $32.5 million earnings have come off the court, including starring in raunchy Tommy Hilfiger underwear commercial.