The 2020 season came to its end on Sunday when Daniil Medvedev claimed the ATP Finals crown over Dominic Thiem. The first Major of the upcoming 2021 is less than two months ago, and the players still don't have any information about the conditions and type of quarantine that the Victorian government would require.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said they are doing everything to provide helpful and positive info as soon as possible and prepare everything for the first Major of the season in the scheduled time or a couple of weeks later.
Asked about the upcoming season, Rafael Nadal stated that the players or anyone from the tennis world don't have the right to push the Victorian government towards rushed decisions, as they certainly know what's the best for their country.
The 2009 Australian Open winner hopes that things will settle down as soon as possible, looking forward to seeing a regular tennis season and chances for all players to chase valuable points and prize money. This year, Rafa lost in the Australian Open quarter-final to Dominic Thiem, hoping to compete down under again in two months and seek the 21st Major title.
The Spaniard will finish in the top-2 for the 12th time in his career, claiming the 13th Roland Garros crown in October that puts him on level terms with Roger Federer. In his last tournament of the season, Nadal reached the ATP Finals semi-final for the first time since 2015, giving his everything to go all the way and lift the notable trophy for the first time.
Rafael Nadal waits patienlty for the Australian Open news and updates.
Nadal defeated Andrey Rublev in the first match before suffering a tight 7-6, 7-6 loss to Dominic Thiem, squandering opportunities in both sets. In the decisive round-robin clash, Rafa ousted Stefanos Tsitsipas to advance into the semis, playing well to serve for the win against Daniil Medvedev.
In the end, the Russian bounced back to notch a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory, leaving Nadal empty-handed and moving into the final. The next year's Australian Open should start on January 18, and we should know more about possible changes or confirmations in the following days.
"No one knows how things with Australia will develop. We need to wait for the Victoria government to make decisions. We certainly can't say what they feel is better for their country. We have to be patient and accept the current situation; it has been difficult for us all.
We need to be flexible in finding a way to play as many tournaments in 2021, continue the Tour and help both the lower-ranked players, all the staff around and tournaments. Hopefully, the pandemic will end soon with the vaccine and allow us to almost return to a regular rhythm in a couple of months. I hope the things will get better as soon as possible," Rafael Nadal said.