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Tiger Woods: 'What Rafa's Done Is Extraordinary'

Golf legend reflects on Spaniard's comeback
November 28, 2023
Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods at a golf event in November 2006.
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Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods at a golf event in November 2006. By ATP Staff

Rafael Nadal recently confirmed he will play again. Another sporting legend making his return, golfer Tiger Woods, reflected Tuesday on his friend Nadal’s comeback in a press conference at the Hero World Challenge.

“I think what Rafa's done is extraordinary. I mean, he won the Australian Open on a broken foot,” Woods said. “The guy is beyond tough and beyond competitive. And he knows that Father Time is here. Every athlete faces it. And [in] some sports it happens faster than others.

“Unfortunately, just like every sport, you can get aged out. And I don't want to see him go. I never want to see [Roger Federer] go. But that's just what happens.”

Woods further explained that fans around the world should not think about the possibility of tennis without Nadal, but enjoy the Spanish lefty while he is still competing.

“I just think that we should all enjoy watching him compete,” Woods said. “And watch him play and what he's meant to the game and what he's meant to all of us just to see the passion and how he plays and why he plays.”

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