Rafael Nadal is already in Adelaide to start the mandatory two weeks of quarantine in Australia that will then allow him to compete unimpeded in the city of Melbourne, where he will play the ATP Cup by country, from February 1 to 5, and the Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, from February 8 to 21.
Nadal will be allowed to leave the hotel for five hours a day to focus on training and sports preparation. You can start working as soon as the PCR that you have undergone upon arrival is negative. He will bubble during the first week with the young Italian player Jannik Sinner, 19 years old and 36th ATP, trained by his compatriot Riccardo piatti.
During the second week, two tennis players will join the Spanish and the transalpine, who will then have freedom of movement, provided that the Covid are negative. A positive means going to a sanitary hotel reserved for it and missing the ocean tour.
Nadal has traveled with part of his Praetorian Guard, including Marc Lopez, who may also exercise ‘sparring’. Will technically direct Francis Roig, one time Carlos Moyà announced that he would not travel due to the current complicated pandemic situation.
The physiotherapist Rafa Maymó, the manager Carlos Costa, the public relations Benito Pérez-Barbadillo and the tennis player’s father, Sebastià Nadal, complete the group.
Rafa Nadal will train with R
oberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño and Marcel Granollers in the ATP Cup, reduced to 12 countries. The three group rivals will meet in the draw to be held on Wednesday, January 20.
Before, the manacorí will hold an exhibition event in Adelaide, in which other important guests of the town will participate, unloading the huge contingent that goes directly to Melbourne, on the different charter flights chartered from different parts of the world, including Barcelona.
Serbian Novak Djokovic, the Austrian Dominic Thiem or the American Serena Williams are on the bill. ‘Nole’ will make a bubble couple with his friend and compatriot Filip Krajinovic. Identical case of the current USA Open champion with Dennis Novak. For now Thiem does not have his coach, the Chilean Nicolás Massú, who tested positive for covid-19 on precise PCR before the trip.