Rafael Nadal has told fans in a Thursday Christmas video message that he will be more than pleased to see the back of a COVID-racked 2020.
“Hello everyone, I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and the best for everyone in 2021 from the academy,” the Spaniard said.
“This year that we said goodbye to has been (one) to forget, without a doubt.
“It is the most complicated year we have lived, at least for as long as I can remember.”
The 34-year-old who will have to endure 14 days of hotel-room quarantine from mid-January in Melbourne, is struggling along with the rest of tennis to get accustomed to the new normal.
But Nadal holds out hope for 2021 with COVID-19 vaccinations beginning around the world.
“I want to send a lot of encouragement and condolences to all those people who have lost a loved one , and also, in the way that has been lost.
“A lot of encouragement and we hope that things will gradually get better,”
Nadal said he was especially hard hit during 2020 by limits to his foundation’s charity work.
“Many projects that we had in hand have had to be postponed. Let us hope that in 2021 things improve, that the vaccine can reach the majority of homes and that we can recover the life that we all knew.
“(I hope) the foundation can continue to grow and support more children who may really need opportunities for the future.
“It is a delicate moment, without any doubt; it depends on us that things do not get worse than they already are.”