Rafa Nadal has been dealt a blow before the Australian Open with the news that coach Carlos Moya will not be with him due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Moya, a former world number one and Grand Slam winner, has been on Nadal’s coaching team since 2016 and has been a big source of support for the Spaniard during that time.
Nadal is aiming to clinch a 21st Major title in Melbourne, which won’t be easy with a strong line-up consisting of Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.
It is clearly the most challenging of the Slams for Nadal with only one of his record-matching 20 titles coming from down under back in 2009.
Rafa’s schedule will see him take part in an exhibition event in Adelaide before heading to Melbourne for the ATP Cup followed by the Australian Open which begins on 8 February.
But if he is going to challenge for this years trophy, the world number two will have to do it without the help of Moya.
“After speaking with Rafa, we have decided that I won’t travel to Australia with the team,” Moya announced.
“My intention was to be with the team from the beginning of the Australian Open as usual but the Australian government is not authorising separate travelling and arriving at the beginning of the tournament.
“I will follow the tournament from home and will stay with my family, parents and kids due to the delicate situation that Spain is living with the virus. Best of luck to the teams travelling.”
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