Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Spaniard Rafael Nadal says that the decision of Nadal skipping the US Open is no surprise.
The Spaniard legend recently took his name out from the US Open due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the US Open will begin on 31st August. Moreover, the “King Of Clay” has started his preparation for upcoming clay-court tournaments in Europe.
“I Think Rafael Has Made A Prudent Decision”- Toni Nadal On US Open 2020
Tony Nadal, in a conversation with “El Larguero,” said, ” I was not surprised by the decision. I think Rafael has made a prudent decision.”
Further, Uncle Toni, as he is fondly called, said, “Tennis is not like soccer. In soccer, they travel 24 hours before. They play and they leave. However, in a tennis tournament, you can stay for about 25 days. In 25 days you have many chances to come in contact with the virus.”
In addition to this, he also threw some light on the fitness of Nadal. Nadal will be playing in the French Open, which will start on 27th September.
Moreover, Toni Nadal said, “I went to Rafa’s training today. And I see he is in good shape. An athlete needs to compete and when you tend to lengthen the training without tournaments, you lose concentration. But, now both Rome and Paris are coming. Rafa is already aware of that and knows that now is the time to prepare well.”
Additionally, it was no surprise of Nadal withdrawing his name from the US Open. The Spaniard will now look to win the French Open for the record 13th time. Additionally, he will also look forward to equal Federer’s record of 20-Grand Slams wins.
While the world number two is the defending champion at the Flushing Meadows, Nadal is preparing for the Roland Garros.