Rafael Nadal recalls: ‘I do not know if I’m going to play again this season’

Winning a Major title is a special moment for every player, as it transforms the season into a remarkable one, regardless of the other results. In 15 of the previous 17 years, Rafael Nadal lifted at least one Major crown, extending his greatness repeatedly and joining Roger Federer on 20 Major trophies last October in Paris. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Rafa did not have a chance to compete at his beloved events in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid. He spent six months at his island of Mallorca with family, not even hitting the ball for two months. After winning the title in Acapulco at the end of February, Nadal had to wait until mid-September to hit the court again, skipping Cincinnati and the US Open and returning to action in Rome. Rafa lost in the quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman, went back home and worked hard on his game ahead of Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal was not sure about his schedule after the last year’s Roland Garros.

It was Nadal’s 16th and the most challenging trip to Paris, experiencing cold and rainy weather, new Wilson balls and a roof over Court Philippe-Chatrier. Despite all that and the lack of form, Nadal showed his greatness once again, winning the 13th Roland Garros crown without dropping a set and setting many records that will stay for good. Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman in the semis to avenge that Rome loss before facing Novak Djokovic in the title clash. Determined to secure the trophy at the season’s last Major, Rafa scored a commanding 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 win in two hours and 41 minutes for the milestone 20th Major crown. Thrilled with the outcome, Nadal headed home and took a couple of days off before making future steps, enjoying the moment and thinking about whether to play again for the rest of the season. 

“I do not know my calendar for the rest of the season. I can not say if I will play again in 2020. I have not made up my mind, so I’m not sure if I’m going to stick to the regular schedule or if I stop playing until next year. I have to decide together with my family and team over the next few days. I need to calm down, analyze the situation, and take the following steps. In terms of Australia, we have 14 days of quarantine before the tournament start. The current situation requires us to be smart and make the right decisions every single time. These days, I was thinking about Roland Garros, and will focus on my plans in the following days,” Rafael Nadal said.

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