Within a season heavily conditioned by the Coronavirus emergency, Rafael Nadal celebrated his birthday at his home instead of at Roland Garros. In these two weeks, the Spanish phenomenon would have been called to defend its title for the umpteenth time in Paris, hoping to be able to return to the French capital in late September.
The ATP tour is suspended at least until July 31st and - according to Marca reports - a video conference will be held between the players and the ATP in the middle of next week to discuss the fate of the season. Instead, we will have to wait mid-June to know the decision of the USTA regarding the conduct of the US Open.
Moya on Rafael Nadal's training
During an interaction with Spanish sports daily ABC, Carlos Moya said that now that Rafael Nadal has turned 34, it is important for the Spaniard's coaching team to listen to his body and head.
"It is not easy, but we do it very little by little," Moya said. "Not having a close target, who knows if it may be for three months, because everything is complicated. With an 18 or 20-year-old player you can do many things in such a setting, but with a player like Rafa, at this point in his career, it is different.
We are going without haste; the important thing is not to fall into injuries, that is the main thing. When you are 20 or 21 you are in full learning and it is also a chore. Everyone can feel hurt this year and we are in the same situation, but a year like this when you are 34.
We train in the morning. It will be many years since he spent training in Manacor ... I don't think that when he lost with Soderling he started training after two days and in 2016 he was not to play after retiring ... It will be atypical, a rare birthday," sighed Moya.
After reaching the ATP Cup final and the Australian Open quarterfinals, Nadal had picked up his first season title in Acapulco without losing a single set. The 19-time champion is only one length away from Roger Federer's all-time record, who won't even be able to hunt his ninth Wimbledon title this year.