As the COVID-19 tennis shutdown drags into June, Rafael Nadal is dipping his toes back into the sport on court at his Mallorca tennis academy.
The world No. 2 is awaiting the day when the ATP decides the shape of what is left of a 2020 season which was shut down in March due to the worldwide virus pandemic and which will remain closed for at least another two months.
While he is keen to get back on the Tour, the player who turns 34 on Wednesday is also wary of getting back into the public mix too quickly lest the contagious virus begins to spread again in Europe.
“Finally we can back on the court, I’m happy to be back in my facility and I’m happy that kids can play too,” Nadal said in a promotional video for his academy.
“They are delighted and it is the most important.”
The Spaniard makes on secret of his desire to get back onto court in front of fans in stadiums – once it is medically safe to do so..
“I imagine the tracks and the full stadiums, which is how I like to see them.
“You have to be patient and find the medicine, but I don’t believe in looking for new normality. We like to see people, hug each other, share with people, and we have to look for this again.”