Thursday, May 26

“The Tokyo Games? I still don’t know.”

  • “In this world we live in today, things are changing”, acknowledges the tennis player

  • “I still don’t know what my calendar will be. In this situation I don’t know if I’ll go,” says the Mallorcan,

About to start his participation in the Masters 1000 in Rome, Rafael Nadal He wanted to spread his doubts about his presence in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will be held between July 23 and August 8. “Going to the Tokyo Games? I still don’t know,” said the Mallorcan tennis player, recalling that these doubts come because the pandemic has disrupted his calendar for months.

In order to Nadal, the Olympic event has always been, as he himself has confessed, “a super priority”, but everything has changed with the coronavirus. “In this world we live in today, things are changing. We have been in a pandemic for almost a year and a half,” said the tennis player in a telematic press conference prior to his debut in Rome.

“It also influences that I am almost 35 years old, so I make decisions according to what my head and my body demand of me at all times”

Rafa Nadal, tennis player

“Honestly, I can’t give a clear answer because I still don’t know what my calendar will be,” the Mallorcan confessed, recalling that “in a normal year” he would know his roadmap since last January 1. But nothing has been normal for a long time. The Mallorcan therefore needs to organize his calendar “because now everything is different.”

Debut against Sinner

So different that you are forced to live practically from day to day. “Now decisions are made more in the short term than in the long term,” said Nadal, also indicating that “it also influences that I am almost 35 years old, so I make decisions according to what my head and my body demand of me. in every moment”.

In “a normal world”, Nadal would have no doubts. I would be in Tokyo to enjoy the Olympic adventure. “The pandemic has made us live things that we were not used to. When we talk about a pandemic we talk about young people, but I think they have the energy to adapt more,” stressed the Mallorcan tennis player, who opens in Rome, where he has been champion nine times, with the duel against Jannik Sinner, the number 18 in the world, turned into the new hope of Italian tennis.

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“It will be one of the most difficult starts possible, I hope to be prepared against Sinner,” said Nadal, who recalled his loss to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. “In Madrid I played very well, then I had two bad games and everything was lost.”

Djokovic’s debut and triple Spanish victory

On the day of this Tuesday there has been a triple Spanish victory in the debut at the Foro Italico. Alexander Davidovich has been imposed on the Bulgarian Grigor dimitrov (17 world) by 6-4 and 7-6 (7-2), The 21-year-old tennis player from Malaga (48 world), who had qualified for the tournament since the previous one, has achieved the third victory of his career against a ‘top20’.

Has also passed the first round Roberto Bautista (11 world) has had no problem getting rid of the American Tommy paul by 6-3 and 6-4. While in the women’s tournament Garbiñe Muguruza has defeated the Romanian Patricia maria tig (64 world) by 6-1 and 6-2.

On Monday the Castellón Sara sorribes she had also passed the first round after beating the Italian Camila georgi by 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-9) and 7-5 in a battle of 3 hours and 51 minutes, the longest match of the year on the women’s circuit.

On this second day he has debuted Novak Djokovic. The world number 1 has been imposed on the American Taylor fritz by 6-3 and 7-6 (7-5), in a match that had to be interrupted at the end of the second set by the rain.

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