The Coronavirus emergency causes many uncertainties in the program of most tennis players. Through an announcement on his social networks, World number 2 Rafael Nadal has communicated what will be his calendar in the second half of the 2020 season.
The Mallorcan tennis player has "cut" almost all the tournaments, confirmed his presence in the Slam, in the ATP Finals in London and in the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Rafa will skip several Masters 1000, in particular those of Toronto and Cincinnati.
The Spaniard began his 2020 season by playing at the inaugural 2020 ATP Cup and helped Spain reach the final where they lost to Serbia, with Nadal losing to Djokovic in straight sets. Nadal then played at the 2020 Australian Open and won his first three matches in straight sets against Hugo Dellien, Federico Delbonis and Pablo Carreño Busta.
In the fourth round, he defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets and reached the quarterfinals where he lost to Dominic Thiem in four sets. Afterwards, Nadal went on to win his third Mexican Open title, defeating Taylor Fritz in straights sets in the final.
Nadal believes that adaptation to the changed circumstances is key right now. “I see it like everyone, first with concern to see all the disasters that we see every day on television and adapting to these new circumstances for all that has surpassed us, I think.
The reality is that, like all the changes in this life, it is necessary to adapt and it takes time, and hopefully it does not give to adapt completely and that little by little we are leaving this virus that is taking us to extreme circumstances" - the former World number 1 said.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion has not just quarantined himself and made appeals to people to replicate his actions, he has also been helping his country in the relief effort. That’s been the unique thing about Spain. Its athletes have shown unprecedented degrees of sensitivity.