As we know, Rafael Nadal got the COVID-19, but some some days ago I made some interesting statements about the vaccine. After some time, Rafael Nadal is back on the playing courts. The Spanish champion, stopped in recent months due to a foot injury, returned to the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament and offered good sensations despite the defeat against the British tennis player and in the past his opponent in great battles Andy Murray.
Rafa talked about his return to racing, albeit only in exhibition, and then spoke about many issues inherent to the ATP Tour. The Mallorcan said about his come back to the court in this way: "It wasn't a bad match for me, I haven't played for a long time and I haven't played against professionals for even longer.
I have positive feelings and I am happy to have taken the court on a track where I have a lot of fun.It is a pleasure to be here in Abu Dhabi and to see the public again, especially given the situation linked to the COVID-19.
I'm happy to see Andy again at this level, I'm not too early either because we're talking about one of the best players I've ever faced. The match? I didn't think about the strategy, but I just thought about the sensations on the pitch and being competitive.
It is not an automatic process, it takes time to find the old automatisms, but in general I have done good things and I am happy to be where I really wanted to be. Rules for Covid? I am neither for nor against, I just do what they decide.
I don't want to pretend I know something and maybe know more than competent people. If the doctors say you have to be vaccinated, who am I to have a different opinion." Rafa then concluded with a comment on Roger Federer: "I will not tell you what we have said in private, we have an excellent relationship, we talk often and I know also what he is looking for for his return but I will not be the one to talk about it."
Nadal played his last official match in the ATP tournament in Washington, where he was defeated by Lloyd Harris, then ended the season prematurely and everyone is waiting to see him again in official matches.
"Djokovic must have a valid reason not to get vaccinated," said...
Novak Djokovic, in 2021, confirmed that he is still the man to beat in the ATP Tour.
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both out due to injury, the world number 1 reaffirmed his superiority by winning three Majors this year. The Serbian champion was only one step away from the Grand Slam that would have put an end to any debate related to the greatest ever.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade also won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. His only regrets (other than the US Open) are the Tokyo Olympics and the ATP Finals, but in both cases he found Alexander Zverev in a state of grace barring his way.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet announced whether he will be present at the Australian Open 2022. Local authorities have sanctioned the obligation of vaccination for all players who want to enter the country in January.
Nole, for his part, never wanted to reveal his vaccination status. Interviewed by the newspaper The Age about vaccines and the participation of tennis players in the upcoming Australian tournaments, the sports minister of the State of Victoria Martin Pakula uttered sentences that leave no room for interpretation, especially regarding the participation of Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian is officially on the list for the ATP Cup and the Asutralian Open 2022, but with the presence still in doubt. Pakula said: "If Novak Djokovic chooses not to get vaccinated and is not accepted by the panel of experts, he will not participate in the Australian Open.
The vaccine is a prerequisite to be able to play the tournament. Otherwise, he must have a valid reason to explain his lack of vaccination. If people think we are going to give Djokovic preferential treatment, they are very wrong.
Any player wishing to enter Australia will either have to be vaccinated or have a good reason not to be. Novak's participation in the tournament does not depend on me, the Prime Minister or any other political figure. The matter will be evaluated by a commission of experts."