Toni Nadal, the former coach and uncle of 19 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, says that the World No. 2 is more concerned about the coronavrius pandemic rather than tennis. In an interview to Mundo Deportivo, Toni Nadal says, "With the huge problem we have, all this has been forgotten.
It's secondary. Coronavirus is what counts, not tennis. We [Rafa and I] were talking and he told me he doesn't give a damn about tennis right now. That's logical if you have a little sensitivity." Uncle Toni was not too concerned about the length of the layoff and the same affecting Nadal's game when the tour resumes.
"When he was a kid, Rafael was away from playing for a week and then he had a hard time hitting the ball again. But from a certain age, with more experience, that's no longer the case. Because of injury, he could go up to three months without touching the racquet, but when he returned, he was fine in a week, or at most 10 or 15 days.
This will be a similar situation." While the tennis calendar and scheduling of tournaments continue to remain an important topic among tennis players and officials, Toni was more concerned about the bigger picture. "I said a few weeks ago that things were going to be totally stopped for a while.
How do you want us to play tennis? It's unthinkable. It won't be played until there is a very clear security measure. If not, how do I go to an event? What if another wave [of infections] comes back in October? How many countries won't make restrictions on movement? How long will lockdown last? I don't know. Tennis is a sport that moves many people from one country to another."