Rafael Nadal carefully considering if play or not one Slam between the US Open or the Roland Garros. According to his uncle Toni Nadal, who coached Rafa from an early age, later becoming the director of the Spanish Academy of Mallorca, Rafa is not certain to play in New York or in Paris.
Toni Nadal, talking to ESPN Deportes, siad his nephew is uncertain whether to participate in one or the other Slam, because he could be physically affected: "I spoke to Rafa and he has doubts about the tournaments to play.
The schedule is absurd, there are too many major tournaments in a few weeks. The schedule drawn up by ATP goes against veteran and multi-titled players like Rafa and Novak Djokovic. I am very surprised at the programming."
Then uncle Toni revealed: "I think it is important to publicly protest about the calendar because it is not possible to concentrate certain tournaments in such a short time, where among other things Rafa also defends the title both in Paris and in New York."
Nadal moreover to be defending champion at the US Open and the French Open, he also has 2000 ranking points to defend.
Andy Murray's doubts
Andy Murray also has many doubts. Doubts regarding safety conditions. The Scot expressed his fears about the safety of the players to quickly move from one surface to the other: "It's not safe for players to go from the semis or final in New York, quarters even, and then you're playing on the Tuesday in Madrid at altitude on the clay court, when players haven't competed for a very long time.
"None of the top players have competed a week before a Slam. The rankings, if you can keep the points as they are, could get a bit skewed. " Then Murray said: "It might be worth potentially looking at a two-year ranking for the time being so that the guys who did well last year and are not able to defend their points properly aren't punished.
There are big tournaments every single week and it's going to be very difficult for players that are winning consistently to commit to that many events. I just think we need to be a bit careful with the rankings. " Much will also depend on the situation linked to the trend of the global pandemic, but today many tennis players have doubts about the rest of the season.