Rafael Nadal reigned supreme at the French Open once again as he defeated his arch-rival, Novak Djokovic, in the final. This was a record-extending 13th French Open title and more importantly, a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam for Nadal. With Grand Slam tennis done for the season, Nadal raised doubts over his involvement in the rest of the 2020 season.
In his post-match press conference, Nadal frankly said that he had no idea about his calendar. And he indicated that he may have ended his 2020 season.
“I don’t know. I even don’t know my calendar. I don’t know what I going to do after here. I can’t tell you if I going to keep playing or not keep playing for the next couple of months. I didn’t decide, so I am not sure if I am going to keep going on the normal calendar or if I stop playing until next year. Is something that I have to decide.”
Rafa also cast doubts over his ATP Tour Finals participation. Nadal is still in the euphoria over the French Open title, and will only decide his next move in a few days.
“So don’t make sense today to speak about the World Tour Finals because I really don’t know if I going to play it or not. Is just conversation I need to have with my family and team especially during the next couple of days. Need to calm down the situation and analyze the future, because we are facing a tough situation, as everybody knows.”
Nadal also spoke about the 2021 Australian Open. With the 14-day quarantine mandatory upon entering Australia, Rafa will analyze everything thoroughly and then make the right decisions.
“In terms of Australia, 14 days of quarantine before the tournament start is the moment to be smart and make the right decisions in every single moment. I am just doing my best to not make bad decisions. To make the right decisions, I need to think only about what I need to think.”
The 2020 season has been tough for the players due to the pandemic. Nadal might call it an end to his 2020 season and start off fresh in Australia next year.