Carlos Moya will not leave for the Australian Open. The former world number 1 coach of the Spanish 20 Slam champion announced on Twitter the decision made in concert with the team. "After talking to Rafa we have decided that I will not go to Melbourne this year.
This year I will follow him on television and stay at home. In this period it is preferable to stay in the family, I prefer to stay close to my daughters and my parents in this delicate and difficult period due to the coronavirus ", wrote the former Majorcan tennis player on his official Twitter account.
With Nadal will travel the coach Francis Roig, the physicist Rafa Maymó, the coach, Carlos Costa, and the press officer Benito Pérez Barbadillo. Moya is usually absent every year at Wimbledon, but up to now he had traveled to Oceania since he was Nadal's coach.
The Majorcan tennis player, current number two in the world, will spend two weeks of quarantine in Adelaide, in the so-called "vip bubble" dedicated to fifty people including the top 3 in the world of the male ranking together with their respective sparring partners.
In the mini bubble also Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Serena Williams who will be the protagonists, together with their male colleagues, in an exhibition on 29 and 30 January before flying to Melbourne. Together with Nadal there will also be Jannik Sinner, chosen by the left-handed as a sparring partner during the quarantine.
It will certainly be a particular situation for Nadal considering the friendship that binds the two Spanish tennis champions and the importance that Moya has for Rafa on and off the court, in a long and complicated tournament like the one in Melbourne, which historically has never said well to Nadal.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer’s biographer and sports journalist Simon Graf recently appeared on the 'Tennis with an Accent' podcast, where he covered several important aspects of the Swiss Maestro's career. Simon Graf first touched on Roger Federer's heartbreaking five-set loss to arch-rival Rafael Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open final, in the aftermath of which Federer was reduced to tears.
Graf opined that Federer should have won the match given the way he played, but then claimed the Swiss is not a great loser.
Graf on Roger Federer's loss
“Roger Federer was just very upset. I think it was a big chance that he wasted, I think he should have won that match.
Rafael Nadal had a really tough five-setter in the semi-finals and I think Roger should have been fresher and obviously, he wasn’t in the fifth set. He was just very disappointed. It was too bad he burst into tears because he kind of destroyed the moment for Rafa.
I think there’s been quite a bit of criticism for that which I understand. But, it’s just how he is, he’s a very emotional guy…I don’t think he is a great loser, I think he hates to lose and I think he’s had to learn how to lose after being dethroned" - Simon Graf said.