Japan’s top player confessed on Monday he has no insight on the fate of the troubled Tokyo Olympics with the COVID crisis far from under control in the host nation.
The former ATP No. 4 and US Open finalist seven years ago, started this edition of the Rome Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
“I don’t know anything that’s happening inside of IOC and the Japan side,” he said. “I don’t know how much they are thinking about how they are gonna
make a (bio-)bubble..
“This is not like 100 people like (at) these tournaments – it’s 10,000 people in the Athletes Village.”
With COVID still a major problem and vaccinations proceeding only slowly in Japan, the August start of the Games remains an open question.
“Japan’s s not doing good, and you have to think all over the world, you know, right now,” the 31-year-old said.
“There are still two, three more months but it’s tough to really say right now.
You know, I think they should really hold right now, and they should decide it like before.
“If you can make a good bubble, maybe you can do it, but there is some risk too.
“What happens if there are 100 cases in the Village – or thousands. Corona spreads very easily.”