To refute his case, Rafa spoke with L’Equipe. Here’s what he had to say:
“I would never accuse anyone without proof,” Nadal said. “The problem in France, and I don’t know why, is that they mistrust everybody. It didn’t make me laugh, but everybody has their sense of humor. Every country has different humor and the French and the Spanish one is not the same. There is a part of the population that does not understand what professional sport is like or how anti-doping controls work; they are practically daily and we have to be locatable 365 days a year. Maybe I am being naive, but it is better that I am. I’m so far removed from the world of doping that my lack of knowledge is complete. I do not accept that they label me as a doper when since the age of seven I have worked thousands of hours every f—ing day. It’s tiring, at the end of the day.”
There’s no denying Rafa’s fitness. Or his tennis ability. Or that some tennis fans are quick to accuse him of doping. What do you think?