Rafael Nadal: 'If we stop our sport again, a lot of people...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 4673
You have to be champions in victory and defeat. Not many can be. Rafael Nadal on the other hand yes. The Spaniard lost incredibly in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, after winning the first two sets with Tsitsipas he was reassembled by the Greek who after more than four hours won with the score of 3-6 2-6 7-6 6-4 7-5.
Ko who eliminates him from Melbourne and precludes him from returning to a Grand Slam final and becoming world number one. Then at a certain point Nadal interrupts the press conference, has severe pain or rather cramps. He gets up and leaves, but the reporters are waiting and doing well.
Because Nadal comes back, he answers the last question about his condition and with irony he says: "Well, you can see how I am" and then above all explains why he left the press conference: "I had cramps and I didn't want to become a meme again ".
This had happened a few years ago after a press conference at the US Open, even then he was prey to cramps and his facial expressions went around the world. Rafael Nadal doesn't agree with Novak Djokovic's assessment that the 2021 season should be cancelled if players will need to continually enter quarantine before a tournament.
Nadal looked on course for a potential clash with Djokovic in the Australian Open final having breezed through to the quarter-finals without dropping a set.
Rafael Nadal on the rest of the season
"My personal feeling is it's tough for the players, of course, have to do bubbles in every single event, flying just plus two, a lot of players have family and they cannot have the family with them, so that makes our tour probably tougher than ever, no?" - Rafael Nadal explained.
"But in the other hand, if we stop the tour, why and how and when we will be able to come back, and a lot of jobs gonna suffer a lot. I mean, not only players. A lot of people are living for our sport, no? If we stop our sport again, a lot of people are going to suffer, no? So we need to have a little bit more - I mean, we need to think a little bit bigger, no? And of course we need to protect players.
Probably we need to find a way to protect the players with the ranking, to not force them to keep playing, yes, 100%, because the situation is very tough for a lot of players depending on the countries. But that's it. We need to find solutions and we need to adapt to this very tough times that we are facing.
Not only us; world. We are here to find solutions. I mean, and we need to be grateful to life that we can keep doing what we are doing."