MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal isn’t planning to give up tennis anytime soon. Johanna Konta won’t take too seriously her dominating win in the Sydney International last Friday.
And Sam Stosur, who has never done well at her home Grand Slam tournament, isn’t getting too down on herself after her preparation — or lack of it— for Melbourne Park.
Following are some thoughts and impressions from players who spoke on Sunday, the day before the start of the Australian Open:
The takeaway: Rafa is not about to call it quits anytime soon.
Nadal, a 14-time major winner, is coming off two lengthy injury layoffs last year, including 2 ½ months off after pulling out of the French Open before the third round with left wrist injury and another rest at the end of the season.
Just don’t ask him if he’s ready to pull out a rod and reel, or a 9-iron.
“If I don’t believe that I can be competitive, and when I…