It is evident that in the face of the cancellation of a possible trip to the United States, Rafael Nadal set his future on track. However, he will have to adjust his schedule after the cancellation of the Madrid Masters 1000.
The number 2 in the world described the decision not to consider this important tournament as “sensitive and consistent” given the recent increase in cases in the capital city of Spain.
That cancellation left Rome the only major tuning tournament before the rescheduled Roland Garros, and the ATP is now considering whether to extend the Italian event to a week and a half with a larger main draw.
But Nadal said he would decide to participate based largely on virus control and local conditions. “I do not know if I will play Rome or not. I will receive news of the programming changes after the cancellation of Madrid and from then on I will have to make decisions. I am preparing for clay in Europe. It depends on whether everything is under control or not” , he told the press in the last hours.
Although he understands that others want to play where possible, Nadal would personally prefer to have the rest of the season canceled. “My heart tells me that would be better, but there are many other interests,” he said.
“I respect the work and positive attitude of the ATP and the USTA to make up for lost time in tennis. I also respect the other players who want to win the money they need. I think that currently, all decisions are valid. There is nothing make it safe or correct, “he confessed.