Can you imagine if tennis great Rafael Nadal had been forced to quit the sport due to an injury and picked up golf? It would’ve been a shame, but I mean, that would’ve been pretty cool for golf…(if he could have cut it. See: Rice, Jerry; Smoltz, John.)
In his autobiography “Rafa” — to be released in the States on Tuesday — Nadal admits that in 2005 doctors discovered a rare foot injury that had the chance of sidelining him from the courts, sparking thoughts of a future in professional golf.
US Open champ Rory McIlroy has repeatedly mentioned that Nadal has been an inspiration to him. Now the two are friends. Just a few weeks ago after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott said he enjoys watching Nadal play.
“And I like watching tennis, so I watch Rafa play and that’s what you’ve got to play like,” said Scott. “You’ve got to go for everything. You can’t let up on one shot. That’s how you win golf tournaments, because everyone is so good these days.”