Rafael Nadal Hits Back at Fellow Tennis Players for Comparing Quarantine Situation at Australian Open 2021

Published 01/26/2021, 2:24 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain looks dejected during his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during Day 7 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


World No. 2 Rafael Nadal had a successful season last year. He won his 13th Roland Garros title, equalling his arch-rival Roger Federer’s tally of holding 20 Majors. After all these years of their cat and mouse chase, the Spaniard finally caught up to his adversary. 

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Rafa is currently in Adelaide for the ‘A Day at the Drive’ exhibition event. He and Novak Djokovic will headline the one-day event. After that, players will move towards Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the new season. Having said that, there are a set of players who are already in isolation in Melbourne. 

Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal: Been talk of players in Adelaide having better conditions

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Recently, the Spaniard took a shot at colleagues for finding fault with the governing bodies. There have been complaints regarding inferior treatment towards certain players who are in quarantine. Rafa said, “There has been talk that Adelaide people have better conditions, but I have not heard from any Melbourne player that some have much better rooms than others. Complaints always come from a disadvantaged position.”

The 2020 French Open champion felt there was unnecessary criticism by players since even from the players in Melbourne there were probably some who were in a worse situation than others. 

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Nadal highlighted that aspect and stated, “I have not seen some of those who have complained so much about the conditions in Adelaide complaining about the conditions of the more than 20 players who have not practiced. At the time of talking about fair play or equal conditions, people don’t tend to complain about the position of those who are worse off than them. In the end, we all try to get the most out of our possibilities and help each other.”

The Spaniard won his only title in Melbourne at the Australian Open in 2009, when he beat Roger Federer in a thrilling encounter. In the last season, Rafa lost in the quarterfinal to Dominic Thiem

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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