The ATP has farewelled a great champion in Carlos Moya in London overnight. An emotional Moya took part in a farewell ceremony that saw good friend Rafa Nadal give a speech during the presentation. The two players talked about their long standing relationship after the match.
“It was not easy, but it didn’t happen overnight. Tennis is a sport I love. It is what I’ve been doing since I was six years old. And it’s not easy to leave the love of your life. I have no regrets about anything because I try my best.” – Carlos Moya talking about his decision to retire
“I think he helped me. When he was 13 or 14 we were practising together. I was near the Top 10 and sometimes he was beating me during the practice. That made me think. That made me improve, and evolve. You see a kid like this kicking your ass so you try to avoid that. So he made me improve and made me more positive.” – Carlos Moya on Rafael Nadal
“It’s a sad day for me because I’m saying goodbye to a friend and tennis is saying goodbye to a great ambassador. He was the first Spaniard to be number one and he helped me a lot when I was a young player. I’ve missed him a lot this last year when he’s not been on the circuit.” – Rafael Nadal