Spanish Rafael Nadal spoke about Matteo Berretini and Marin Cilic's covid positives, applauded their gesture of voluntarily withdrawing from the tournament and said that if he finds himself in the position of testing positive, he will act "in the most responsible way".
Nadal, in a press conference focused on the covid problem, maintained that he does not know what he would do if he found himself in the situation of Cilic and Berrettini who, after testing positive, decided to withdraw from the tournament, but that he would act in the most responsible way.
"I hope I don't see myself in this situation. If I see myself, then I will act in the most responsible way possible. For me it depends a lot on the situations, but general health comes before anything else," said the man from Manacor.
"The disease is being milder at the moment. I don't have the information, I don't have all the numbers, but it's what I see with the people who are going through it. I think it's losing lethality. Anyway, it is a much deeper debate and I am not prepared to analyze it "Nadal shared court last week with Berrettini, one of the positives, but it was outdoors, so he was not worried.
"It's difficult to be in direct contact outdoors, but anything can happen. I'm fine, I feel good, no problems. I feel sorry for him, he's been playing very well. I can imagine how sad he must be". The Spaniard also spoke of the protocol that the tournament has and that leaves it up to the tennis players to leave or not depending on how they are, and assured that the organization should not consult them when setting some rules or others.
Roddick pays tribute to Nadal
Andy Roddick has said that Rafael Nadal may be the best volleyer in the world. "Nadal might have the best volleys in the world. Doesn’t get talked about because he doesn’t come forward that often.
Love seeing it on the grass. Similar to Hewitt. Short list of best volleys in our generation. Just didn’t have to do it that often," Roddick wrote. Former Doubles No. 1 Mark Woodforde said on the US Open podcast recently that he considered Nadal to be the best volleyer in the game at present.
"Even when I'm commentating now and watching, when I see Nadal get to net today, quite often I'll say it, I consider him the best volleyer in our game today," Woodforde said. "His technique is not always the prettiest but he's always volleying into the open court.
I hit a ton of low volleys and a ton of half volleys. I don't think I've ever seen this guy hit a half volley, he's always just in the right place."