World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, says that if Roland Garros were to take place in September, he would be in Paris to defend his title as long as the players can play in optimal conditions and in complete safety for all those coming from all over the world, during an interview with Stade 2 on France 3.
Rafael Nadal has won the French Open a record 12 times
During the interview, the second-ranked Rafael Nadal was asked about his participation at Roland Garros in 2020 and the Spaniard commented, "My reality is that I don't see the future from a professional point of view, but from a medical, health point of view.
I project myself into a world where we can protect the health of all the people who work around tennis, on tournaments and the ATP circuit, the players, the staffs… At the same time, it's a very complicated situation, where we don't know how things will develop.
We all hope to find a quick solution to resume normal activity. So with regard to Roland-Garros in September, if we can play in optimal conditions and in complete safety for players who come from all over the world, that everyone can participate, if all this is combined, then yes I will be there."
The Spaniard also he does not prefer the scenario of playing behind closed doors without fans but admits that such a scenario may be possible. "It is possible, football plays well behind closed doors! But if you ask me if I like it, the answer is no.
There is nothing that replaces the presence of the public and the energy that it generates." Rafael Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, which is one short of the all-time record in men's tennis held by Switzerland's Roger Federer.
The French Open is usually scheduled at the end of May every year but this year, the same has been postponed to late September as of now due to the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation have said that they are optimistic that the tournament will go ahead in September, though it remains to be seen what the local governments say about having fans at the tournament and whether players from all countries would be able to travel to France for the tournament.