Earlier this month, we sought the opinion of our readers and sport fans on who is 21st century’s most dominant athlete or team, from a shortlist of 16.
In the end, Rafael Nadal with his 12 titles at the French Open came out on top — ahead of Usain Bolt’s stellar performances at the Olympics.
- Rafael Nadal drops huge hint he’ll skip US Open as he releases revealing video of return to practice | tennishead.com
He has now heightened that speculation by resuming his practice routine on clay, suggesting that he is not preparing for the very different hardcourt challenges of the US Open, which he won last year.
Further concerns have been raised by many players that should they play the US Open, they would be forced to quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival in Europe, forcing them to miss the Madrid Masters and Rome Masters.
- Nadal will play Madrid, raising doubts over US Open participation | Agence France-Presse
Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that he will take part in the Madrid Open, raising doubts about whether he intends to defend his title at the US Open.
The US Open, whose fate still hangs in the balance, is scheduled to run from August 31 to September 13 on the hard courts of New York while the main draw at the Madrid event on clay starts on September 14.
Madrid will serve as a warmup for the rescheduled French Open, the claycourt Grand Slam that begins on September 20.
VIDEO: Rafael Nadal practicing in Mallorca