The confinement of the population in Austria, which begins next Monday, means that the matches that will be played from November 25 to 30 in Innsbruck, will be played without an audience. Due to the measures taken by the Austrian government, the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2021 matches of Group C (France, Great Britain, Czech Republic) and Group F (Serbia, Germany, Austria) will have to be held without an audience in the Olympia-Halle from Innsbruck. “I know that the teams, the organizers and everyone involved in the event share our disappointment that the competition in Innsbruck is now being held behind closed doors. We will continue to work with our partners and make sure to organize a great event by following all the rules. government guidelines,” says ITF President David Haggerty. “We are very sorry about this situation for tennis fans, who have been waiting for this event for months. We know the importance of fans in a competition like Davis. But there is no doubt that we will carry out all the measures that are being applied to improve the current situation caused by Covid_19. The health and safety of all those involved in the event is our highest priority,” adds Kosmos Tennis CEO Enric Rojas. Ahead of his Turin semifinal against Daniil Medvedev, San Diego winner Casper Ruud spoke to Spanish publication AS about the two different personalities Rafael Nadal has on the court and off it.
Casper Ruud praises Rafa Nadal
It is no secret that Rafael Nadal has played a huge role in inspiring Casper Ruud to reach the heights he has. “He’s inspiring,” Ruud said. “Very competitive, it doesn’t matter if it’s tennis or golf. And he has two personalities, one on the court where he is fierce, tough and plays with great intensity; and another outside, where he is a very normal guy and nice. He always says hello and everyone at the structure treats him like a normal person. I think he likes that.” Ruud has credited his mindset to none other than Nadal. The World No. 8 revealed that at the start of his career, he had promised to try and never a break a racket just like the Spanish star. “I told myself that I would try never to break a racket,” he said. “And there is only one top-10 who doesn’t: Rafa.” Even at the age of 35, Rafael Nadal feels he will have his chances of playing at the highest level. The Spaniard last won a Grand Slam title at French Open 2020.