From yesterday with the start of the Sardegna Open and the tournaments in Marbella, the season on clay has officially begun. There is great anticipation for this season which will lead with several tournaments to the highly anticipated Roland Garros.
This event represents a great chance for Rafael Nadal, clearly the favorite for the second Slam of the year and who in the event of victory would detach Roger Federer and become the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in tennis history with 21 Slams.
The start of the season of the Majorcan champion was slowed down by some back problems that forced him to attend only the ATP Cup and to arrive without a match at the Australian Open. Here Rafa performed well but went out in the quarter-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, suffering the third comeback of his career after a lead of two sets to zero.
After the Australian Open Rafa has decided to skip the Rotterdam and Miami Open tournaments to recover and to better prepare himself for the season on clay. Rafael Nadal's doctor, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, reassured fans of the Spanish champion and spoke about his condition during an interview.
Here are his words about it: "Rafael Nadal is training hard and everything is going according to his plans. His goal is to play at his best during the swing on clay which will start in a few days at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and will then end.
with Roland Garros." Last year Rafael Nadal arrived at Roland Garros in difficult conditions with a tournament that was played in October due to the pandemic and with the tennis player who had been stopped for months and who had only played a tournament before the Parisian Grand Slam; despite this, the Spanish champion defeated the competition and won his 13 Roland Garros without losing a single set and dominating the final against his long-time rival Novak Djokovic, who was literally annihilated by that challenge.
Roland Garros organizers speculate about cancellation?
There are now less than two months before the Roland Garros 2021 contest, the main tournament on clay and which has always been historic ground for all fans of this sport.
The general situation inherent to the pandemic in France is still quite complicated, there is talk of a new possible generalized Lockdown regarding the transalpine country and in particular in Paris, consequently although not mainly there is concern about the dispute of the tournament and above all about the presence of the public.
The president of the French tennis federation (FFT) Gilles Moretton talked about different scenarios regarding the Parisian tournament, trying not to comment on even the less pleasant scenarios but emphasizing that this particular situation does not depend on him.
Trying to shed some light on the situation, Moretton has made it clear in the first place that the cancellation of the scheduled tournament, from May 23 to June 6, is not in the plans. Here are his words: "We are studying different options for Roland Garros 2021.
There are various possibilities and in the first place we hope to have all the spectators. It is certain, however, that all the options are under consideration, we can have 100% spectators or find ourselves with stadiums without an audience.
We are talking daily with all those directly involved and we are waiting to see how things will go. For now, the times are as expected, but if there is a general Lockdown for the next two months, we too will be forced to take measures.
We continue to be cautious and wait, we will try to be optimistic remembering that the vaccination is proceeding and that we see the light at the end of the tunnel "Regarding the possible cancellation of the tournament Moretton stated that he does not even dare to think of such an eventuality.
Obviously, Roland Garros will not be able to have bubbles and quarantines like those of the Australian Open, for example, because it is preceded by several tournaments on clay. The favorite at Roland Garros can only be the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, winner of 13 editions and great favorite again this year.