Rafael Nadal thinks that the 2020 tennis season has been lost due to the coronavirus outbreak and admits he is already training for next year’s Australian Open.
The ATP and WTA tours have already been suspended until at least mid-July, with Wimbledon already canceled and the French Open postponed until late September.
However, the 19-time grand slam champion is doubtful of returning to the court anytime this year.
“I hope we’re able to return this year, but I don’t think we will,” Nadal told Spanish newspaper on Tuesday.
Nadal is dedicating some of his free time to helping those in need and has teamed up with Spanish NBA star Pau Gasol and joined ‘Red Cross Responds.’
Spain is one of the most affected European nations from the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are trying to unite as many people as possible to create something beautiful,” said Nadal. “I am very grateful for everyone’s collaborative effort.
I am a sentimental person, who is affected by things and seeing so many people suffering so much, so many people have lost their lives without even seeing their family members.
“In the end, being able to hug your brother or sister alleviates some of your pain and imagine that they have not even been able to do that. You have to be positive and keep moving forward. There is no other choice.”
It seems that tennis returns
While the ATP and WTA tours may have been suspended, tennis returned for the first time during the COVID-19 outbreak in Germany.
The Tennis-Point Exhibition series was held without fans and there were only three persons in the court at a time.
The tournament was conducted to help lower class players earn some money during the outbreak.