MADRID — If given the choice, Rafael Nadal mentioned he would scrap this season solely so tennis might resume usually in 2021.
The second-ranked Spaniard, who’s 33 years outdated and has received 19 Grand Slam titles, mentioned he hoped to renew taking part in this yr however doubted it might occur due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’d join proper now simply to being prepared for 2021,” Nadal mentioned in interviews with El Pais and different Spanish newspapers revealed Tuesday. “I am extra involved with the Australian Open than with what occurs later this yr. I feel 2020 has been virtually misplaced. I am hopeful of with the ability to begin subsequent yr.”
Nadal mentioned the logistical difficulties of getting to maneuver folks from nation to nation for tournaments make it laborious for tennis to renew safely amid the pandemic.
“Sadly, I am not going to misinform you, the sensation is that we’re shedding a yr of our lives,” Nadal mentioned. “And at 33, 34 years outdated, that’s extra precious than at 20, when you’ve gotten extra time forward of you.”
Nadal not too long ago mentioned he was involved with the chance of recent accidents when gamers return to motion after a very long time with out correct coaching. The Spaniard has needed to take care of a sequence of accidents all through his profession and expects his physique to battle once more when competitions lastly resume.
Nadal additionally complained about “complicated” info concerning the return to apply of tennis gamers in Spain. He mentioned he went to coach on a personal courtroom as a result of it wasn’t clear to him whether or not he might apply usually after the federal government eased a few of the lockdown measures which were in place within the nation since mid-March.
Skilled and high-performance athletes have been allowed to renew working towards at any time this week, however sports activities amenities and coaching facilities are to stay closed, with some exceptions for soccer golf equipment and some different sports activities.
Novak Djokovic apparently broke confinement guidelines on Monday for going onto a tennis courtroom at a membership within the Spanish metropolis of Marbella. The tennis federation had mentioned gamers are usually not but allowed to apply on courts.
“It is not clear to me whether or not I can go apply or not,” Nadal mentioned.
He mentioned he will not be capable of use the principle courts at his tennis academy in Mallorca as a result of there are nonetheless 85 youngsters confined there.
“No person can get in there,” Nadal mentioned.