Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has acknowledged that an important part of the season has arrived for him as he hopes to have a big clay season. Nadal, who is considered as the greatest clay-court player of all time, is set to kick off his 2021 season at the Monte Carlo Masters -- a place where he has enjoyed much success in the past.
"An important part of the season has arrived for me," said Nadal, as quoted on Sky Sports. "I think I did the right work to be ready. I'm happy with the way that I am playing, for the moment my body is in good shape.
"I am confident. I'm practising well these couple of days here in Monaco before the tournament starts. So I feel ready."
Nadal grateful to have the Tour going
Many jobs have suffered during the pandemic but the 2021 season is going as planned and Nadal is grateful that tennis players are in a position to have their job and to be able to earn money during the pandemic.
"Well, we are lucky. We are lucky to be able to keep doing our job without a doubt. We can't complain at all," Nadal underlined. "It's not less true that to keep going for a lot of guys is very difficult.
A lot of guys coming from countries that they have to do quarantine when they are back makes the situation very difficult, a lot of people that have families that they can't come back home because they have to do quarantine home, and then they have to go to the next event and they only can travel with two people, player plus two, so they cannot bring the family. "That makes our life a little bit tougher than usual, without a doubt."