“I hope we’re able to return this year, but I don’t think we will,” he told Spanish newspaper El Pais on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, I would sign up to be ready for 2021 — hopefully.
“I’m more concerned about the Australian Open (in January) than about what happens later this year. I see 2020 as practically lost. I have hope to be able to start next year, that’s what I wish.”
As he waits, Nadal has followed developments closely and he offered a rare political critique to La Voz de Galicia that has caused a stir. “It is important that they get it right,” he said.
“There are things that cannot be reversed. There have been mistakes. Sorry, but this is fair to say, it is not a political issue … Everyone understands that politicians make mistakes. It is human. I make mistakes every day. What I like less is when mistakes are not recognised, because you no longer have credibility.”
I’ve found myself doing things I didn’t do before, because I was never at home! I like being here, as long as I am sharing things with my people and my friends. Suddenly, my activity has been halted 100%. It’s been a shock for everyone. We were used to travel, but there are people who work at an office and it was slightly less complicated for them. I found it hard to adapt at first, but then I started to get the hang of it. I’m back to double sessions, morning and afternoon, and I’ve set schedules for myself and restored my routines. I’ve also stopped watching the news, which was a very important step.
Kirsten Flipkens admits a kiss with Rafael Nadal, language barrier stopped the romance | womenstennis.blog.com
After calling Nadal the most complete player on the ATP Tour, Flipkens revealed some unexpected details about her relationship with the Spanish legend when they were young adolescents: “Have we ever had anything (laughs)? Yeah, that’s right. When I was fourteen years old, I had a thing with Rafael. But he didn’t speak English at the time, so we couldn’t go further than hand in hand and a kiss.”
When Nadal first arrived on tour, he was seen by many as one-dimensional, another Spanish dirt-baller in a long, stubbornly tenacious line of them. But you have to be good at everything to win a career Grand Slam, and Nadal has patiently expanded his game over the years. When he’s at the baseline, he shows off his physicality, but it’s when he transitions forward that he shows off all of the little details and intangibles that have made him such a versatile champion—the touch, the court sense, the decisiveness, the intelligent aggression. In all of these categories, Rafa is underrated.