It was inevitable that the news of the differentiated quarantine organized for the best players of the ATP and WTA circuits, namely Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem on one side and Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams on the other - the American takes the place of Ashleigh Barty, who is already in Australia will not be forced to quarantine -, did discuss.
In a nutshell, while mere mortals in Melbourne will have to undergo very strict security measures regarding the time spent outside their hotel room (five total hours a day), in Adelaide, home to a pre-Australian Open exhibition tournament, the big and their partners chosen for the preparation will be able to do practically what they want.
Including training for more than the three and a half hours divided between the field and the gym provided by the Happy Slam protocol. Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia has denied this rumor, arguing that "the conditions of the quarantine will be the same"
But the rumor about the presence of a soft bubble in Adelaide immediately attracted the ire of tennis players who are not part of it. Speaking recently on the 'Saber Vivir' show for Spanish network television, Rafael Nadal revealed the extent to which he has been ravaged by injuries.
Nadal is now preparing for the Australian swing
Rafael Nadal claimed that even though he is an athlete competing at the very summit of men's tennis, he knows the importance of patience and rehabilitation - no matter how much tennis he may miss in the process.
"I know when injuries appear that all I can do is accept it and take the path of peace, of patience and of daily work to achieve the goal that is to recover well as quickly as possible. Having said that, the most important thing is to recover fully," Nadal said.
Rafael Nadal is now preparing for the Australian swing in January-February, during which he will bid to win his 21st Grand Slam title. Injury management has become the buzzword for the ‘Big Three’ as they are all in their thirties and prioritize events in accordance with how their bodies hold up.
The focus, for them, is largely on keeping themselves fresh and fit for the big calendar Tour events and the Grand Slams. After missing the bulk of the tennis action last season owing to recovery from a knee surgery, Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer withdrew from the Australian Open this year saying he was yet to regain full fitness. He has also identified the Olympics, Wimbledon, and the US Open as his priority events this year.