Though Rafael Nadal is not taking part in the 2020 US Open, he is gearing up for something else. The defending champion opted out of playing at flushing meadows this year, citing COVID-19 related reasons. But Rafa is training hard for Roland Garros, and he has a fitting training partner as well!
The Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain is a special place. It is where young kids learn the craft of tennis, and moreover, the place where Nadal likes to relax and practice during his time away from the tournaments.
Basically, the academy is like his home, and this is where he is preparing for the 2020 French Open. The tournament is scheduled to start on September 21, and Rafa seems to be putting in the extra work in hopes of claiming his 13th Roland Garros crown.
Moreover, Grigor Dimitrov, who exited the US Open in the second round, flew to Spain and hit a few balls with his friend Rafa. The Bulgarian forced a five-setter against Marton Fucsovics, but the Hungarian held on to take the victory.
After facing defeat, Dimitrov landed in Mallorca, Spain, to join Rafael Nadal in a practice session at the Rafa Nadal Academy. Their official Twitter handle updated fans about the training session, which apparently took place indoors because of a downpour.
Rafa will be aiming to get back into good shape ahead of the 2020 French Open. Moreover, with a victory at Roland Garros, the Spaniard can finally end his chase of trying to match Roger Federer’s Grand Slam titles.
Rafa currently stands at 19, one shy of matching the Swiss maestro’s tally. Moreover, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced that fans will be welcomed into the stands, but only to a certain extent.
The French Open will see its stadiums filled with 50% capacity as per the guidelines issued by the FFT. Well, this means great news for the French fans and for the players as well. Undoubtedly, there is a huge void present in the stadiums without fans to cheer on the athletes.
With Rafa competing at Roland Garros in full fitness, a 13th crown for the king of clay seems inevitable. What’s even more exciting is that he’ll catch up with his good friend and fierce rival in terms of total Grand Slams won. Get ready for the action, French fans!