“I Am Very Pessimistic” – Rafael Nadal

Published 04/26/2020, 4:18 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal

19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has been confined to his residence in Mallorca, Spain. He hasn’t touched a tennis racquet since the Indian Wells tournament’s cancelation in March. Also, his nation, Spain is one of the worst-hit areas by the coronavirus pandemic. To take care of the COVID19-infected patients, Rafa donated and raised millions of Euros.

Despite the situation coming under control in Europe, and fewer new cases and deaths being recorded each day, Nadal is not sure about the tennis Tour returning to normalcy in the near future.

I see it as a serious problem” – Rafael Nadal 

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Tennis is an international sport and players hail from different parts of the world. Professionals spend most of their time traveling and, for the moment, air travel looks a long way away from starting any time soon. All of this will only delay the resumption of professional tennis even further.

“I am very pessimistic about the circuit returning to a normal activity due to the fact of all the travels. Although it was played behind closed doors, you have to think that there are many people involved. Internationally, I see it as a serious problem,” World Number two Nadal said.

As of now, tennis is the last sport that seems ready to return to normalcy. Also, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is cynical about the same due to the amount of traveling the sport demands. 

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“I would imagine tennis would be one of the last sports to get back to normality because you’ve obviously got players and coaches and teams coming from all over the world into one area,” he said.

The Brit is also unsure about French Open 2020 taking place towards the end of September this year.

Andy Murray

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If the situation goes back to normal in some cities, the officials may decide to go ahead with some tournaments. And, if they impose restrictions on players from certain countries, limit the participation of players from specific regions, it would ultimately affect the event’s revenue.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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