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  • Updated: June 04, 2020

COVID-19: Rafael Nadal Bares Thought On Tennis Restarting

COVID-19: Rafael Nadal Bares Thought On Tennis Restarting


Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal says the sport should 'set a positive example' and "wait a little bit" before resuming competition.

AllNews reports that the 19-time Grand Slam champion does not think tournaments should restart until every single player is able to travel freely and safely.

No tour events will be staged until the end of July - at the very earliest.

And the No. 2 world's best says he currently has little desire to travel to New York, in August to defend his US Open crown.

"If you asked me if I want to travel to New York today to play a tennis tournament, I will say no - I will not," Nadal, 34, told reporters recently.

"But in a couple of months, I don't know how the situation is going to improve. I am confident that if the tournament is played, it's going to be under extremely safe circumstances. If not, in my opinion, it doesn't make sense."

The US Tennis Association is expected to decide later this month whether it will be possible to stage the US Open - behind closed doors - from 31 August.

"My feeling is we need to be responsible, sending strong messages, and be a positive example for the society," Nadal continued.

"We need to understand we are suffering an unprecedented situation and my feeling is we need to come back when all the players, from all the countries of the world, are able to travel under safe circumstances. I want to see my sport being 100% fair and correct.

"The key, of course, is to find a medicine that helps us to be sure we can travel and compete without being scared of having the virus and bringing back the virus home. My feeling is we need to wait a little bit more."

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