The season 2020 tennis is “almost lost” according to the N. 2 in the world Rafael Nadal, who has the impression of “losing a year” because of the pandemic of coronaviruses, he said on Tuesday, the daily Spanish ABC and El Pais.
“If you give me a document saying that a normal season will begin in January 2021, I will sign it without thinking,” said the Spanish ABC.
“There are a lot of personal interests and economy, the sport moves around a lot, but it will cost you to go back to normal “, he continued.
The season ” 2020 is almost lost. I hope to be able to begin next year. Hopefully “, said the Majorcan in the columns of El Pais.
“I hope to play it as early as possible “, he said, while explaining to ABC: “we travel every week from one place to another, we are in contact with hotels, airports, in different places of the planet.
Nadal training again since Monday on a tennis court with a friend, taking advantage of the permission given by the Spanish government to the athletes to train.
“My feeling, and I say this with sadness, I’m not going to hide it, it is that we are in the process of losing a year of our lives. And at 33 or 34 years, it has a lot more value than 20 years “, for a tennis player, he pointed out to ABC.
Nadal has also expressed doubts about the new calendar, affected by the pandemic, and the report of Roland Garros in the fall, a week after the US Open: “Frankly, I think that it will not happen. Of the US Open at Roland Garros, with a week between the two… I don’t think we can play, ” said the one who has earned twelve times at Roland Garros.
The tournament French Grand Slam, scheduled from 24 may to 7 June, is expected to compete for the 20 September to 4 October, just after the US Open, scheduled from 31 August to 13 September.