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Rafael Nadal: More concerned with Aussie Open 2021 than what happens later this year

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal says he does not think that the global tennis circuit will resume in 2020 and that he hopes to be back on the courts in 2021, in an interview to the Spanish media outlet El Pais. When asked whether he would be seen on the courts again this year, the 19-time Grand Slam champion says, “Hopefully, but I don’t think so.

Unfortunately … I sign to be ready for 2021. Hopefully, I’m more concerned with the Australian Open than what happens later this year. 2020 I see it practically lost. I hope to be able to start next year.” Like everybody else who is struggling during the quarantine period, Nadal says he does like the new normal and prefers old normality with adaptions.

“I don’t believe in the new normal. I like the old normality, but with adaptations. Learning from everything that has been happening to us. Human beings have a good thing, the great capacity for adaptation, but they also have a bad one, a great capacity for forgetfulness.

Sometimes we forget about the bad things and how good we are when we are well. I just hope this is all an apprenticeship, but unfortunately I’m afraid we will complain about any nonsense soon. It is the reality of the human being, we have that defect.

In the end we only value how healthy you are when you are sick; we only value how lucky we are to be able to have food on the table every day when we lack that food.” Nadal has been involved in various efforts to raise funds for those who have been impacted by the current crisis and sending encouraging messages to his fans on social media.

“I think I’ve almost always been around people. Here, where I live, I am a close person and I lead a normal life. During all this time I have not stopped recording videos and videos and videos for people who are having a hard time, and financially and socially I help what I can.

Between Pau [Gasol] and I we have joined the Red Cross Responde project and we are trying to unite as many people as possible to create something beautiful. I am very grateful for the collaborative level of everyone: athletes, artists, companies, federations, citizens.”

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Rafa Nadal and I have had our differences, but he’s an absolute champion,’ says Nick Kyrgios

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Nick Kyrgios admits that he and Rafa Nadal have ‘had their differences’ over the years but he can’t help but admire his achievements.

Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros earlier this month to draw level with Roger Federer in the history books.

Kyrgios has a bit of a storied past when it comes to spats with Nadal, who he once branded ‘super salty’ whilst accusing him of being a bad loser.

Even he, though, can’t deny the Spaniard has achieved something special.

“I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rafa Nadal pretty much easing his way through the draw at the French Open,” Kyrgios told Courtside Huddle.

“That’s his backyard, he loves playing there and he has only lost two matches in his entire career.

“Honestly, in my opinion I don’t think we are going to see anything like that ever again.

“Somebody so dominant on a surface he’s right there with the greatest of all time. You can argue that he is the greatest.’

“You look at Federer, he’s the most dominant player of all time, but in this era it’s actually Rafa. It’s a debate you can have.”

“We had our differences when we played each other. We’re fiery, we’re competitors and are going to go after each other.

“But at the same time I am not going to take anything away from him . He’s an absolute champion and 20 Grand Slam is ridiculous and I don’t think we are ever going to see that again.”

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