With the formalization of the ATP calendar which will resume with the Washington tournament on August 14th, tennis players will have to prepare to face a series of matches in various parts of the world on different surfaces without ever resting. In 2019, Rafael Nadal was the champion of the US Open and Roland Garros. Now he has to try to defend both titles but playing first in New York and then on the land of Paris. In addition, the Masters 1000 in Rome will have to play between the two Slams, where he raised the trophy in a great final against Novak Djokovic last year. During a recent interview with Radio Mallorca, former World number 1 Carlos Moya believes that Rafael Nadal needs to have a better understanding of his calendar now.
Moya on Rafael Nadal
“We haven’t talked yet about the precise calendar, it is true that there are 5 tournaments that are very closed together and are very important. He isn’t 20 years old and we’ve always prioritized Rafael Nadal’s well being considering he needs to achieve some results to be able to have freedom to choose his calendar, but his mental and physical state are the priority so we need to sit down these next two weeks to see how we organize that calendar,” Carlos Moya commented. “He will surely think he can do anything and he can in fact do anything, but we have to sit down and think it through, not daydreaming about what may happen if he plays everything, the conditions are very different and we have to adapt, there’s no guide to help us, we have to bet on something but whatever decision we take, it must be always thinking of Rafa’s well being,” Carlos added. Nadal has 19 Grand Slam titles, one shy of rival Roger Federer’s all-time men’s mark of 20. Federer is done for the year with knee surgery and has vowed to return in 2021. Nadal had already expressed doubts about coming to the U.S. from Europe for the U.S. Open — and that was before Djokovic, who has 17 major titles, turned the tennis world upside down by testing positive for COVID-19 along with three other top players on the Adria Tour. Between them, Djokovic and Nadal have won the last three U.S. Open titles and five of the last seven. If either or both of them choose not to play at this year’s event, it could open things up for a younger player to capture the title.