Due to a coronavirus pandemic that has been raging on across Europe and the entire world for weeks now, the ATP had to cancel the spring clay swing, freezing the ATP ranking and hoping to continue with the action in June, which doesn't seem likely at the moment.
Spain has been one of the most affected countries by a coronavirus so far, losing almost 1500 lives and having more than 25,000 cases reported so far. World no. 2 Rafael Nadal had to close his Academy and keep all the players and staff as safe as possible, monitoring the situation and sending an emotional message to all those who have been dealing with a pandemic.
"Hi, everyone. First of all, I just wanted to apologize because I was out of social media for some time, but these are tough times for everyone. This whole situation is overwhelming us and we are all committed in the best possible way from our homes.
I wanted to thank all the doctors, nurses and all the health personnel who are all protecting us, the police forces, civil and national guard, the army, and all those who make us feel a little safer, who are in the first line of fire.
After all, they are those who are most at risk of catching the virus; they are our heroes. I want to express my admiration and thank you all. Finally, I want to send encouragement to all the families who are suffering, both the infected and especially those with relatives or friends who have died from the coronavirus.
Send them a message of encouragement. It is difficult to say something in these difficult times, and I can only say in this case that we all feel very sorry, that we trust that at this moment we can go ahead with our lives as soon as possible.
There are also positive things in these difficult times. We are demonstrating to be a united people, many companies are being supportive and contributing, and all citizens are showing ourselves united day after day, complying with all the standards that health department advises us: stay at home, follow all the indications to end this terrible pandemic as soon as possible. Thank you, and see you soon, Rafa."