MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal brushed apart questions concerning the Australian Open quarantine on Sunday and mentioned it was time to get right down to the enterprise of enjoying tennis and entertaining followers world wide.
The 34-year-old, who secured his twentieth Grand Slam title ultimately 12 months’s delayed French Open, accomplished his two weeks of isolation in Adelaide on Friday earlier than enjoying an exhibition match after which heading to Melbourne.
“After we arrived right here, we now have this quarantine. However I feel that is over. It is the second to start out speaking about tennis,” the world quantity two advised reporters on Sunday.
“That is why we got here right here. To play tennis, to attempt to give to the followers world wide and to the followers right here in Australia a superb present. For among the people who find themselves struggling loads at dwelling, we attempt to have a superb leisure for them.”
Nadal will get his first style of aggressive motion for the season when he spearheads Spain’s problem for the ATP Cup, which makes a much-delayed begin in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Spain misplaced the ATP Cup last to Novak Djokovic’s Serbia final 12 months and Nadal mentioned he and his workforce mates can be doing their greatest to go one higher this 12 months, regardless of the proximity of the match to the Feb. 8 begin of the Australian Open.
“After all, it is totally different circumstances than final 12 months. It is a very uncommon state of affairs for many of us,” he added.
“Most of you which might be round tennis is aware of I by no means play the week earlier than a Grand Slam, so it’s a little bit new and it’s unusual state of affairs.
“However right here I’m, the identical as the remainder of the workforce, to attempt our greatest in each second. All people’s able to play, and to play with very aggressive stage.”
Nadal kicks off his season towards Australia’s Alex de Minaur in an ATP Cup Group B singles match on Rod Laver Enviornment on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Modifying by William Mallard)