World No. 2 Rafael Nadal acknowledged that the whole world is going through a tough situation and noted that the Tour is an uncomfortable situation. Upon arriving to Melbourne, 72 players were placed in hard quarantine and were not allowed to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days.
A number of other players also weren't able to practice the way they wanted and it all took a toll on number of players. Traveling around the other for tournaments would likely require a quarantine at most tournaments and players and the Tour face a tough decision.
"The world is living a hard situation. There are two options: stop the tour or keep going. The situation makes the Tour tougher than ever. But if we stop the Tour, why and how will be able to come back. Lot of players live from tennis and would suffer," Nadal said, per Tennis Majors.
Nadal hopes the solution will be found
"We need to think a little bit bigger (on the calendar), find solutions and adapt to a situation which is tough, not for us (players) only but for all the world," Nadal said.
Nadal, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets in the Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday. Nadal struggled with a back injury throughout the tournament but he didn't want to find excuses after his defeat.
"Why couldn't I practice 20 days the proper way? I don't know. Maybe the quarantine. Maybe. But I won't complain or find excuses. I accept. I'll never consider myself unlucky, even the injuries. I'm a very lucky person," Nadal said.
Tsitsipas recovered from two sets down to beat Nadal 3-6 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 7-5. "Of course the tie break in the third changed it all. If I had won it, I would be sleeping in the hotel for a moment, no?" Nadal noted.
Nadal, who captuted his lone Australian Open title in 2009, was aiming to win his second title at Melbourne Park this year.