Nadal snubbed French Open final to train

Dethroned French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he was too busy training to watch Stan Wawrinka’s gripping final defeat of Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

The nine-time French Open winner’s 2015 tournament ended prematurely last week when he suffered a quarter-final rout by Djokovic.

That was only the Spaniard’s second loss in 72 matches in Paris since his 2005 debut.

And Nadal, speaking at the Stuttgart Open on Monday, revealed: “I didn’t watch the match, I was training.”

Nadal is in Germany for the start of the grasscourt season.

“Starting on grass is always difficult. I’m going to try to play my best, to train as much as possible today, tomorrow and Wednesday for my first match.”

Reflecting on his three-set beating by Djokovic he suggested the loss was “now part of the past”.

“I must improve my level of tennis, my intensity on the court. If I can do that I’m confident that I can return to my best level.

“I’m making my debut on grass two weeks before Wimbledon, I hope that’s going to help.”

* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article excludes NSW residents.
Stay up to date with the latest sports news
Follow our social accounts to get exclusive content and all the latest sporting news!