Rafael Nadal has cast doubt over the prospective resumption of the international tennis calendar and has insisted he is not currently prepared to travel for a major tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nadal revealed this on a Zoom call with the international media, saying “It’s not an ideal situation – if you ask me today if I want to travel to play a tennis tournament, I will say no.”
“We have a worldwide sport and my feeling is that we need to be clear and responsible. It’s not the same as football which can be played in one country. When you mix people from every single part of the world the complications are completely different.”
Nadal, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday 3rd June 2020, however, revealed he is confident that the organisers will make the right decision when the time comes.
“I am confident they will make the right decisions in the right moment to be sure that if (the US Open) is played it is going to be under extremely safe circumstances – if not, in my opinion, it doesn’t make sense.”
All ATP and WTA events remain suspended until at least July 31, although the six-strong LiveScore Cup, a women’s exhibition event in Prague, is taking place this week, and Novak Djokovic has discussed staging a similar event in Serbia.
By Leroy Hawkson | Head of Sports