World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, spoke to a group of reporters on Thursday from Spain via a Zoom cool on a wide range of topics including the US Open and the current pandemic. The 19 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal spoke to the reporters about the possibility of playing the US Open with the different scenarios being discussed currently.
"Well, it’s not the ideal situation. Honestly if you asked me today if I want to travel today to New York to play a tennis tournament, I will say: no, I will not. In a couple of months I don’t know how the current situation will improve (from health perspective).
Hopefully it will be the right way and ensure the people who organise the event, the USTA, wants a safe event. Same with the French Federation, they want to celebrate the tournament if everybody is safe enough. ‘I am confident they will make the right decisions in the right moment to be sure that if the tournament is played it’s going to be under extremely safe circumstances.
If not, in my opinion, it doesn’t make sense. ‘We need to be responsible and send a clear message to society and be a positive example on how we need to do things. ‘Organising events like Grand Slams – organising events of eight people, six people or 10 people is much easier – but organising events that are going to be more than 600, 700 just people in terms of workers, players, even if it’s just one coach, doubles, singles, men, women, qualifiers, I don’t know.
It’s a big thing, difficult and today we need to make sure and think about the health. Of course if we are not able to organise tournaments safe enough and fair enough – and when I talk fair enough it’s every player from every single part of the world needs to have the chance to play the tournament – then we can’t play tennis, that’s my feeling.
‘What’s going to happen, I don’t know. For me, the key is, of course, to find medicine. We have to be sure we can travel, we can compete and play tennis without being scared about having the virus and bringing the virus back home."
Rafael Nadal says he would not like to travel to the United States right now due to the global pandemic
The Spaniard also added that he does not need to play many matches prior to playing tournaments but wants to be prepared physically and organize his schedule accordingly.
"I think the last two years I have learned to play good tennis without the need to play many matches. It is another matter of doing the proper preparation. If I am worried? Yes, because the world has stopped for a while.
We should be concerned. But I am sure that if I can organize my schedule well, I will be competitive. I started training two weeks ago because I do not have a tennis court at home. I need to go little by little to avoid injury, it is undoubtedly the goal main right now.
I'm trying to prepare my body for what can happen in the next two months." Rafael Nadal is a 19-time Grand Slam champion, the second most by any male tennis player in history. He has won a record 12 record French Open titles in his career so far.