The coronavirus pandemic affected the whole tennis world, from the underdogs playing challengers to the elite of the sport. Rafael Nadal, like all the others, managed to perform in only two tournaments before the ATP suspended the tour.
In January, Nadal had a decent run at the Australian Open where he was stopped in the quarterfinals by Dominic Thiem after defeating Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster.
The Spaniard continued with an outstanding run at Acapulco. In Mexico, he managed to not lose a single set, although he played against quite accessible players – Andujar, Kecmanovic, Kwon, Dimitrov and, finally, Fritz.
Since wearing the well-known sombrero in Acapulco, Nadal hasn’t played a single match. One by one, tournaments taking place in the summer have started to cancel due to ATP’s decision to suspend the tour following the coronavirus outbreak.
Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and the Tokyo Olympics have all vanished from the 2020 schedule. Now, everyone hopes that it wouldn’t be needed to cancel the remaining Grand Slams, but if the coronavirus crisis isn’t solved, the remaining tournaments of the year should close as well.
“Finally, I want to send encouragement to all the families who are suffering, both the infected, and especially those with relatives or friends who have died from the coronavirus. Send them a message of encouragement.
It is difficult to say something in these difficult times, and I can only say in this case that we all feel very sorry, that we trust that at this moment we can go ahead with our lives as soon as possible”. said Rafael Nadal in an encouragement message on Instagram.