‘Otherwise, Rafael Nadal would not have done it’, says top analyst

The Wimbledon Championships is an event on the tennis calendar that cannot be postponed to a date that is too far removed from the English summer. There is a short period during which the event can continue, which is why it was canceled last year as the effects of the virus extended beyond that period. To add to the immense planning behind the Major Grass Court, it takes approximately 15 months for the tennis courts to seed and cut to perfection. After that, it takes another 13 days to micromanage the hard, dry ground below the surface that helps protect players from damage. All England Club officials stated: “The very short window we have to host the Championship due to the nature of our acreage suggests that postponement is not without significant risks and difficulties. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.” Rafael Nadal failed to defend his Roland Garros title this month, going down to Novak Djokovic in a thrilling semifinal.

Mats Wilander comments on Rafael Nadal

In a recent interview with Marca, seven-time Major winner Mats Wilander said he is “disappointed” that he will not get to see Rafael Nadal compete at SW19 this year. “I can understand that the Games pose a physical risk, especially since the US Open is coming later. But I am disappointed that Rafael Nadal does not play at Wimbledon,” the Swede said. “I suppose he will have a good reason because, otherwise, he would not have done it. It is clear that the scarce two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon have not helped if you consider Rafa’s style of play.” Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open earlier this year, and became the first person in the Open Era to win two titles at each of the Grand Slams after triumphing at Roland Garros earlier this month. “Of course, Novak can do it (win the Golden Slam), but it remains to be seen with what energy he will arrive in New York if he wins everything first,” Wilander said. “He wants to show that he is a superman and, in fact, he is. He needs to continue playing games to maintain maximum intensity.” British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will cover the 134th edition of the Championships. Also, former tennis professional Sue Baker, CBE, would be the lead presenter of the revered grass tournament. Notably, she won 27 titles, including singles and doubles, during her tennis career. Besides her, tennis luminaries John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Boris Becker, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, and Tim Henman will voice the grass major. Their comprehension of the game will indeed be an unmissable part of the whole experience.

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