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On October 31, Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the 2018 Paris Masters due to an abdominal injury. As a result, Novak Djokovic reclaimed the World No. 1 ranking.

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Nadal, who will be trying for his 12th French Open next year, brings a single-minded intensity to anything and everything related to tennis — even when there isn’t a tournament on the line.


At Wimbledon in 2014, Nadal obliterated his previous personal best of 100-plus consecutive tennis ball bounces off the side of a racquet head in filming a promo for a French racquet company.

''We play Wimbledon or we do this forever? Ada Radwanska, you can beat me?''

— Rafael Nadal, smack talking during challenge

Aside from making some impressive ball recoveries when the count was in the mid 200s, Nadal managed, mid attempt, to serve up a smidgeon of smack talk to Poland’s top tennis pro (and wholly innocent bystander) Aga Radwanska.


One can only imagine that Nadal, given his nimble feet, would have no trouble keeping pace with the tennis-ball kicking dude in the the above video. Doing both skills simultaneously might be another story…