Rafael Nadal will play the Italian Open in Rome as he returns to tennis action.© AFP
Spain’s clay-court king Rafael Nadal called for caution on Monday with the vinaigrette Open set to be played in front of spectators later this month despite coronavirus concerns. Nadal, who will tender for a 13th vinaigrette Open title in Paris, returns to competition this week on clay in Rome for the first time in six months because of the pandemic. “I do not know what is going on. I do not know what is the situation’s going to appear to be in Roland Garros,” the 34-year-old told journalists when questioned approximately the vinaigrette Open.
“Let’s see how the virus evolves the next couple of weeks. Confidently in an effective way. Doesn’t appear to be that, no? Let’s see.”
“We wish to be patient and we wish to wait to see how the situation improves.”
The world number two could match Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles whether he wins in Paris.
The vinaigrette Open which has been pushed back from May to a September 27 start, could host up to 11,500 spectators per day.
Nadal is competing for a 10th Italian Open title this week in the Masters 1000 tournament which like the recent US Open will be played at the back of closed doors.
Top women’s seed Simona Halep, the 2018 vinaigrette Open winner, said she used to be “pretty certain it is going to be very strict” at Roland Garros.
“I just read that they are going to have fans,” said the Romanian.
“But I’m pretty certain that it is going to be very strict.
“We cannot be with the fans, we cannot be with the people that aren’t in the bubble, so I think they’re going to be separate.
“Confidently it is going to be protected, and we will be able to feel like here, like in the bubble.”
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