‘Tennis is above everyone’: Rafael Nadal reflects on Novak Djokovic’s absence
We are less than 48 hours away from the main draw of the US Open setting the final Grand Slam champion of the season in mind, expectations are high and controversy over the absence of one of the best history tennis players reborn again. without your presence, Raphael Nadal He is one of the main candidates to retain the crown and return to the top of the leaderboard.
Novak Djokovic will not be able to be at the US Open due to the regulations governing the country regarding vaccination against Covid-19. The main rule for all these non-residents is to have the antidote, but Serbs loyal to his beliefs refused to do so and it brought him serious consequences. For him, Raphael Nadal He regretted not being able to participate in the tournament.
As Flushing Meadows prepares to kick off the competition, the usual press conference is held with the athletes to find out how they are preparing for the occasion. The Spaniard, once he finished his morning training session at Arthur Ashe -center court- approached the microphones to talk about various topics and was asked about ‘Nole’.
“It’s sad news. Not having one of the best in history is a big loss; it’s hard for the tournament, for the fans and even for the tennis players, because you always want to have the best draw possible. But on the other hand, I have repeated it many times: sport is above any player. Tennis will continue after me, Novak and Roger.”convict ‘Rafa’.
Raphael Nadal He already knows his rival and has started to come in under the watchful eye of Carlos Moyá with his mind set on Australian Rinky Hijikata. The tennis player number 198 in the ATP ranking, arrives at the tournament thanks to an invitation from the organization and it will be his first appearance in the main draw of the US Open. The match will take place during the Arthur Ashe night session starting at 8 p.m. in Argentina (1 a.m. in Spain, 6 p.m. in CDMX and 7 p.m. in Chile).
Moreover, throughout the press conference, the Manaco man admitted that he was excited to share a team with Roger Federer again in the Laver Cup, an exhibition tournament where the Swiss will return to runs him after his right knee injury. “I’m super excited to see Roger back on the track. I hope he’s healthy enough for that to happen,” Nadal said.
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