Rafael Nadal has had a consistent backroom staff that has helped him in his long career. His current head coach, Carlos Moya, has been a strong pillar since joining Nadal’s team in 2016. But given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, Carlos Moya won’t be traveling with Rafael Nadal to the Australian Open 2021.
Moya announced the shocking update on Twitter. He consulted with Nadal before making the decision to not accompany the team to Australia.
“After speaking with Rafa, we have decided that I won’t travel to Australia with the team.”
Given the upsurge in cases in Spain, Moya has decided not to travel. He will stay home with his family and follow the tournament from his home.
“I will follow the tournament from home and will stay with my family, parents, and kids due to the delicate situation that Spain is living with the virus. Best of luck to the team!!”
Carlos Moya has been a revelation for Nadal. From 2014 to 2016, Nadal had a rough time with a lot of injuries. And that is when Moya joined him. Since then, the Spanish coach has managed Nadal very well. Moya understood and tackled Nadal’s injury problems to make him a winner again.
In 2017, Rafa’s uncle, Toni Nadal, stepped out of the player’s coaching team. Moya then took over as the head coach and since won six Grand Slam titles. Rafa won many titles under Moya and is still dominating tennis. So Moya’s absence will be tough for Nadal.
For 2021 Australian Open, there are already a lot of hurdles that the players will have to go through. Due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 strain, players and their teams will have to be under strict quarantine for 14 days before playing. Players will be allowed to train for a few hours but under supervision.
For Rafa, this is a tough call. Already, the player entourage is limited. And with his family not expected to travel, Nadal has lost an important problem solver from his team. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs without his head coach.