With query marks surrounding the beginning of the 2021 tennis season, Rafael Nadal urged endurance over the preparations for the Australian Open.
The 20-time Main winner misplaced his last-four match at the ATP Finals in London on Saturday.
The Spaniard, who has by no means gained the elite eight-man occasion, was crushed 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-Three by in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will play Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s last.
Australian tennis chiefs this week flagged “new challenges” across the arrival of gamers for the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months through the coronavirus pandemic.
In correspondence with gamers, the ATP – the boys’s tennis tour – mentioned arrivals initially deliberate for December have been now unsure, probably disrupting the packed January schedule.
With gamers going through a 14-day quarantine, any delay might make it tough to carry the high-profile ATP Cup and different tournaments earlier than the scheduled begin of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 18.
It’s also unclear whether or not gamers can be allowed to coach throughout their quarantine.
Nadal, who didn’t journey to New York for the US Open this 12 months, was requested after his defeat by Medvedev whether or not there have been any circumstances beneath which he wouldn’t journey to Melbourne.
“I don’t know what’s the situation going to be yet,” he mentioned. “We need to wait about what the (state) government there in Victoria says.
“We can’t do much from ATP position or just wait. We have nobody to say what they feel is better for his country.
“We just need to be patient and accept the situation that we are facing. That is difficult for everyone. We need to be flexible to understand the situation and to find a way to play as many tournaments as possible next year.”
Nadal mentioned gamers and tournaments have been in an uncommon scenario after a lot disruption because of the Covid-19 disaster.
“Hopefully with the vaccine, that ends soon and we can come back at least to close to normal in a couple of months, but now is a difficult situation,” he mentioned.
This 12 months’s Wimbledon was cancelled for the primary time because the Second World Battle because of Covid-19 whereas the French Open, which Nadal gained, was pushed again 4 months to September/October.
Determination ‘soon’ says match chief
Australian Open chief Craig Tiley mentioned Sunday he anticipated “decisions soon” on preparations for the match after reviews mentioned it could possibly be shifted from its standard January slot.
Tiley had initially needed gamers to begin arriving in Australia from mid-December so they might bear a compulsory 14-day quarantine earlier than enjoying conventional warm-up occasions earlier than the Grand Slam.
However that plan was thrown into doubt by Victoria state Premier Dan Andrews, significantly since Melbourne solely just lately emerged from a months-long lockdown to remove a second wave of Covid-19.
Andrews reportedly solely needs gamers to reach from early January, which might make all of it however inconceivable to carry the high-profile ATP Cup and different tournaments earlier than the scheduled begin of the Open on January 18.
It additionally stays unclear whether or not gamers can be allowed to coach throughout quarantine.
“Tennis Australia is doing everything we can to finalise the summer of tennis as soon as possible,” Tiley mentioned in a press release.
“We are working closely with the Victorian government on a plan that takes into account the needs of the players, fans, our partners and staff, and is of major benefit to the Victorian and Australian economy.
“We are continuing our urgent talks with local health authorities regarding quarantining and bio-security requirements and are confident we will have decisions soon.”
The Melbourne Age newspaper mentioned it understood the Open would possible be delayed by one or two weeks, with February 1 rising as a attainable begin date.
However the Melbourne Herald Solar mentioned it could possibly be pushed again so far as early March.