The Spanish super-star turned 34 on Wednesday, but this is no ordinary year. So instead of spending his big day in Paris, where he has been in the first week of June in nearly every year since his first appearance at Roland Garros in 2005, he remained on his beloved home soil of Mallorca. I miss playing the tournament that I love most, "Nadal said". Nadal said he wasn't aware of the FFT's decision to push the French Open, a traditional May-starter, to the end of September, adding that he had only heard about the news minutes before the announcement.
Global health fears and quarantine restrictions have led to concerns over the practicality of staging the U.S. and French Opens, which are still scheduled to take place in August and September respectively.
First, what has he missed most during the spring lockdown?
"What I have been missing the most is normal life".
The Tours are considering the proposal now, according to The New York Times. He adopted the same wait-and-watch approach for the US Open. You have been my idol for 13 years, I become braver and dare to pursue more. And in 2018, there was a string of retirements and withdrawals for hip and knee problems.
He is neither optimistic nor pessimistic at the moment about the fact that the French Open can be played later in 2020. No wonder he has not dropped out of the top two for the last three years, and ended 2019 as world No1.
I want to play with fans. "I don't know. Hopefully", Yes, "he continued".
I don't know why Tsonga said it, I have no idea. For sure, during my career, I gave up a couple of times during matches, but I always felt, that if I step on court, I was there to win the match.
The US Open remains on the schedule, but there are still doubts over whether it is to take place with New York City being the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the US. And when it does, wait to see how the virus evolves and how the situation is going to be in NY in a couple of months. "If not, in my opinion, it doesn't make sense", said Nadal during a video conference call, as reported by ESPN.
"My feeling is we need to be responsible, sending strong messages, and be a positive example for the society".
"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".
"The feeling is odd". We are in awful circumstances, with many people suffering and dying, so I have not thought much about tennis. We're playing a global sport, it's not the same as football. When you mix people from every single part of the world the complications are completely different. Is something that today is not worrying me much honestly. The Spaniard said racism had no place in sport and life as a whole.
When you see all these things it is bad and you cannot imagine that they could happen, but I hope that everything is controlled and that you are able to return to a positive life, with respect for everyone, and that you live in peace. I am trying to avoid injuries. That's the main thing today... I'm practising some days one hour, some days one hour, 30. Yes, he has evolved, matured, taken the longer-view. "But we must not forget the pain that people have suffered from all this pandemic and its consequences and respect it", he said. "The first thing we have to do is recover the normal".
Learning: "What I have learned is that we shouldn't complain every day about stupid things".