Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of world number two Rafael Nadal believes there exists no right or wrong answer about playing in the US Open. It has come after his nephew took down his name from the list of the playing athletes.
While Nadal is the only men player in the top ten to withdraw, WTA saw three top ten players do so. Players are concerned about the pandemic and are afraid to travel.
In his column for El Paris, Toni wrote, “The US Open dispute by Djokovic, Tsitsipas or Thiem seems to me as understandable as the resignation of Nadal, Federer or Wawrinka.”
In addition to this, he also wrote, “We must understand the apprehensions about taking different flights and leaving home when conditions seem so uncertain.”
Besides, while he is supporting Nadal’s decision to skip the US Open, he is also worried. Toni is concerned about the lack of play by the Spaniard. Additionally, Rafael played in his last tournament in February. While he was planning to play in the Madrid Open, the tournament was called off due to pandemic.
Toni wrote, “I just hope that Rafa’s performance at Roland Garros is not affected by the lack of inactivity.”
Toni Nadal Finds US Open Rules Hard To Understand
Additionally, if Nadal wins the French Open, many new records will come into existence. He would equal Federer’s record of winning the highest number of Grand Slams by a male tennis player.
In addition to this, if he wins at the French Open, it will be his 13th title here. This will be a new moment as no other player has this many titles at the same Grand Slam.
Leaving aside Nadal, uncle Toni also admits to not understanding some of the rules of the US Open. He commented, “I find it difficult to accept and imagine the presence of the public in stands. In order to lift a trophy. I can assure you that these are not empty words or set phrases.”
“The shouts of the public after a great exchange, the emotion they show in the face of a victory, and the disappointment in a defeat: that, to a large extent, it is what gives meaning to this sport and feeds the adrenaline of the tennis player.” The Spanish Coach added.