A year after his last official match on the ATP circuit, the one against Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2019, David Ferrer gave a long interview with Radio Marca. The Spaniard, the current organizer of the prestigious ATP 500 in Barcelona, took the opportunity to defend his compatriot Rafael Nadal from the criticisms that had rained against him in recent days.
"It hurts me very much that an athlete cannot give his opinion. I do not like criticism with demagoguery. I do not like the insult, you can agree with an athlete or not, but not deny him that he expresses himself. I know Rafa Nadal and his family and it hurts.
He is a very coherent person. What happens? That his opinion is worth less than that of the others? It only lacks that he could not say what he is thinking" - 'Ferru' said. The former World number 3 also reflected on Nick Kyrgios: “When I was young, I was a little bit like Nick Kyrgios.
I understand that there are things that he can and should improve on. I hope he can change and become a more hardworking and respectful player in the future." Professional tennis is still waiting to know when it can start again following the pandemic that has afflicted the whole world.
The expected date would be July 13th, but it is very unlikely that he will resume playing before August. In mid-June, the USTA is expected to communicate its decision regarding the holding of the US Open. The French Open is expected to take place in late September.