Toni Nadal is hoping that fans can get back to tennis sooner rather than later to return some much-missed ambience to the sport.
The uncle of No. 2 Rafael was encouraged by permission for 1,000 ticketholders at last week’s ATP 500 in Barcelona. And the Madrid Masters which began its WTA portion on Thursday, is permitting 4,800 daily entrances.
Fans at the Caja Magica will be carefully monitored and traced to curtail any potential COVID cases who may pass through the gates; every socially distanced seat in the showcase stadiums will be monitored through a serial number,
The elder Nadal is pleased to see some progress in Spain, but is intent on a return to tennis normalcy ASAP.
The TD for the new ATP 250 on grass in Mallorca in June said that crowd-free tournaments “are very poor and difficult to play.”
He added: “I was in Monte Carlo and it was a very decaffeinated tournament without an audience .
“Feeling the support of 1,300 spectators when you play decisive points is very important for the player, otherwise it seems that you are training.”
Main photo:- Toni Nadal with Diego Schwartzman at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca