‘Who are we to decide?’ – Rafael Nadal says tennis must be patient over Australian Open plans

Rafael Nadal says when, or whether, the Australian Open goes ahead is a matter for the Australian government alone to decide. 

There is growing frustration within tennis that there is still no concrete start date for the 2021 season with Tennis Australia still struggling to come up with a Covid-secure plan that suits everyone.

However while others are urging the Australian government to hurry and make a decision to help tennis make plans, Nadal has urged tennis to be patient and allow them to make a plan that helps Australia.

“I don’t know what’s the situation going to be yet,” Nadal said.

“We need to wait about what the government there in Victoria says. We can’t do much from ATP position or just wait.

“We [are] nobody to say what they feel is better for [their] country, no? We just need to be patient and accept the situation that we are facing.

“It is difficult for everyone. We need to be flexible to understand the situation and to find a way to play as many tournaments as possible next year.”

“Hopefully with the vaccine, that ends soon and we can come back at least to close to normal in a couple of months, but now is a difficult situation.”

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