Pessimistic Rafael Nadal on return to action before 2021

MADRID: Rafael Nadal He doesn't expect to return to playing competitive tennis until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated much of this year's schedule.

I hope we can return before the end of the year, but unfortunately I do not think so, world number two told the Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s on Tuesday.

The pandemic has led to the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the French Open to September, while the status of the United States Open, scheduled to take place as usual in late August, is still unclear.


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Nadal, however, said that he had practically canceled the rest of the year and was looking towards the Australian Opened in January 2021 as the next tournament to play.

I would sign up to be ready by 2021, added the Spanish.

"I'm more worried about the Australian Open than what occurs at the end of this year. I think 2020 is practically lost. I hope we can start up again next year, I really hope that's the case."