MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal pronounced himself fit and ready Sunday to produce some magic to entertain “suffering” tennis fans around the world as they cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Spanish great, who can move past the injured Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles with victory at the Australian Open beginning February 8, kicks off his season representing Spain at the ATP Cup from Tuesday.He will take to the courts of Melbourne Park after completing 14 days of quarantine in Adelaide, where he was allowed to train for up to five hours a day before an exhibition on Friday against US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
For me personally, preparation has been positive,” said Nadal.
“I have been able to practise around two hours per day in Adelaide. Some days a little bit more, two hours 15, two hours 20. That’s it.
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“I did, I think, the things that I had to do to be ready. Now is the moment to start playing and practising with other colleagues and let’s see what’s going on.”
Most players are now out of quarantine and the world number two is keen to get the focus back on tennis, although his thoughts are with those in lockdowns around the world.
“When we arrived here, we have this quarantine. But I think that’s over. Is the moment to start talking about tennis,” he said.