Rafael Nadal. (Reuters Photograph)
Rafa Nadal has raised doubts about his participation on this yr’s Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying on Tuesday that he needs to be versatile and can’t give a transparent reply till he organises his schedule for the yr.
Japan has prolonged a state of emergency in Tokyo and three different areas till the top of Might because the nation battles a surge in COVID-19 instances, elevating new questions on whether or not the rescheduled July 23-Aug. 8 Video games ought to go forward.
Nadal, who gained a singles gold in Beijing 2008 and added a doubles title in Rio de Janeiro eight years later partnering Marc Lopez, mentioned that he’s but to agency up his plans on travelling to Tokyo.
“I do not know but. Actually I can not offer you a transparent reply as a result of I do not know. I do not know my calendar,” Nadal informed a information convention on the Rome Masters.
“In a standard world I will by no means take into consideration lacking the Olympics. There is not any doubt about that. All people is aware of how essential it has been for me to all the time play within the Olympics.
“Beneath these circumstances, I do not know. Let’s examine what is going on on within the subsequent couple of months. I have to organise my schedule… In a standard yr, I do know my schedule nearly 100% from Jan. 1 till the top of the season.”
Japan’s top-ranked males’s and ladies’s gamers – Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka – have raised issues about staging the Video games amid the pandemic.
“This yr is a bit totally different, no? We should be versatile. We have to adapt about issues which can be occurring,” Nadal mentioned.
The 20-times Grand Slam champion, who was overwhelmed in straight units by Alexander Zverev in final week’s Madrid Open, opens his Rome Masters marketing campaign towards native favorite Jannik Sinner on Wednesday.
“… Tomorrow goes to be a tricky begin, one of many hardest attainable towards Sinner,” Nadal mentioned.