Why Rafael Nadal will not play the new event on grass in Mallorca

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Why Rafael Nadal will not play the new event on grass in Mallorca

Rafael Nadal will not play the new grass tournament In Mallorca, this year, in preparation for Wimbledon 2020. The tournament, for the first time in the ATP schedule, is played in the same facility that hosted the WTA Mallorca Open until 2019.

The Spaniard is expected to play a single grass tournament in preparation for Wimbledon, at the Queen's Club in London. Regarding the Mallorca tournament, he said: "It's a shame but I don't have the habit of playing that week.

I take advantage of those weeks to train for the Majors. Playing at home was a special motivation, but I can't lose the main goals, that are the Slams. I have to do the things that make the most sense to win the Slams. In the past, this worked."

Obviously, this participation will also depend on whether the event will be held given the rapidly spreading Covid-19, as tournaments from Madrid Open to Wimbledon, are still at risk. As of now, the clay season up to Barcelona has been abandoned after the ATP suspended the Tour for six weeks to counter the Coronavirus pandemic.

Players are not happy about the development but also realise there is no other alternative except to shut the tennis season down for the time being in order to tackle the pandemic. But as the disease spreads far and wide, six weeks seem too limited a time to allow for the situation to return to normalcy.

Meanwhile, on the women's tour, the WTA announced on 16th March that all WTA events will be cancelled up to 2nd May. The Fed Cup Finals scheduled for April, in Hungary, have already been postponed.