Since he landed in Adelaide last week, we didn't hear much from the 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard gave no interviews and stayed inside his apartment or on the practice court, with rare photos and videos emerging on the surface.
On Monday, Rafa decided to break the silence, giving ESPN an interview about his experience in Australia so far and that burning question about different quarantines in Adelaide and Melbourne. Over the previous week, many have criticized Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem for their passive acting about Melbourne quarantine's problems, especially after knowing they are in a much better position in Adelaide.
In his interview, Rafa explained his perspective about the bubble and the fact that many players in Melbourne can't go out and compete.
Rafael Nadal spoke about quarantine issues in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic sent a letter to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley, urging for improved conditions and a possibility for those who can't leave room for 14 days to somehow hit the court and train ahead of the season's first Major.
As we all know, that didn't go well, as Novak got slammed by the authorities and many others who believe he went against the Australian strict coronavirus measures. Unlike Novak, Rafa said he also give his best to help, keeping that below the surface and not making anything public.
"We cannot have any complaints in these circumstances. Understandably, someone would mention our privileged position here in Adelaide, I respect that. Where's the line of privileges? I have a different view. Here in Adelaide, our conditions have been better than most of the conditions in Melbourne.
Still, some Melbourne players have larger rooms where they can perform physical activities, and others some smaller rooms where they cannot have contact with their coach or a physio. Where is the line? It is a matter of ethics; we all have an opinion.
You always look up, always complain about a disadvantageous position. Some need to make public all these things they do for others, and some of us do it more privately and without having to publicize everything," Rafael Nadal said.