Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic Can Return to Train on Courts Only Next Week

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Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic Can Return to Train on Courts Only Next Week

The Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) has issued a communication with regards to tennis players training on court during the current phase of the de-escalation. As per the guidelines, under Phase 0 (the current phase) Athletes/ Professionals may exercise physically outdoors, alone or accompanied by a coach during flexible hours, within the geographical limit of their province and must carry their DAN Athlete supporting document issued by the Higher Sports Council (CSD) at all times.

The guidelines also mention that the training of "any group (DAN, professional or federated) within a tennis court is not authorized in this Phase 0" and that "the opening of the training centers and clubs will take place from Monday, May 11"

The RFET would prepare updated guidelines for Phase I on their website during this week. Phase I is expected to start from May 11. The guidelines mean that the world's top two ranked male players - Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who are both in Spain currently, will need to wait until next week to hit the courts once again.

Both players returned to training on courts on Monday in what seems like a mis-interpretation of the rules from their side that they could train on a tennis court. Djokovic hit with Spanish tennis player Carlos Gomez Herrera at the Puente Romano Tennis Club and Nadal along side his coach, the former World No.

1 Carlos Moya on a private court. In an interview earlier this week, Nadal had commented, “I’ve been able to train in a private house because I’m not sure if I can go to the academy. So I preferred to avoid confusion and go train at a friend’s private country house."