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Rafael Nadal dismisses suggestion he will reduce his schedule, saying: 'I like to play tennis'

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Rafael Nadal says he will not look to reduce his schedule next season, adding he has missed the regular competition this year.

Nadal has played just three tournaments this season, and only two since the ATP Tour resumed after its enforced coronavirus break over the summer.

He will round off his season with the Paris Masters and ATP Tour finals in London before signing off and beginning his preparations for the Australian Open.

However, whilst speaking to the press in Paris, he dismissed a question about whether or not he will throttle back his schedule next season in a bid to avoid injuries.

“I like to play tennis, so I like to play a little bit more than two tournaments every six or seven months, no?” Nadal said.

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“I like to play a little bit more before important tournaments but not because of the important tournament going there.

"It’s because I like to play tennis, I like competition and that’s what I do.

“So it’s nothing new that I played well after a while without playing tennis.

“I did it in the past. So that confirms that I can do it. But I hope next year we can have a more usual calendar and I can play some more tennis.”

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