Francis Roig, the coach of World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, says that the current tennis shutdown does not serve Nadal well physically or mentally but hopes the break will help him stay longer on the tour, during an interview with Radio Marca.
Roig says Rafael Nadal likes to stay active and busy doing things
During the interview, Roig, who won 9 ATP doubles titles during his career, says, "Rafa has been training for a few days but his training peaks are different.
Now he has to control the physical issue more, not do hard training and also rest more days. He is waiting for news and that for an athlete is complicated. You are training without knowing an exact date when the competition will return.
This break for Nadal does not suit him very well. Inactivity does not help him with his elbow and shoulder and it does not help him mentally either. With the passage of training, Rafa is trying find balance. He is a guy who doesn’t like to stand and always wants to be busy doing something.
He has been locked up at home for two months and under normal conditions this break could do him good to rest, but we don’t know yet. We hope that this break will serve him so that we can see him longer on the circuit.
“ Roig is part of the coaching team of Rafael Nadal which also includes former World No. 1 Carlos Moya. Speaking about playing without fans, Roig says, "Tennis is a totally different sport, since every week we are traveling around the world.
There is a lot of talk about the possibility of playing behind closed doors, but there have already been tennis players who have stated that there would be no point in playing games without an audience in the stands. Roland Garros has expressed his decision to play the tournament in any way.
We just have to wait and hopefully we can return to tennis soon although it seems quite complicated. “ Rafael Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles.