Toni says a UO skip could be in the cards

The games behind the scenes are as fascinating as the ones on court.
At the height of the GOAT race and with a major break falling his way (Djokovic not getting to pick up No.18 at Wimbledon), no way is Nadal missing the only two slams he is likely to win in a season.
 

NADALalot

Semi-Pro
I think Nadal can play US open, then skip both Madrid and Rome.

In recent some years, after Roland Garros, he can play well at Wimbledon by skipping all preparation grass tournaments. Why can’t he play well at Roland Garros - his favorite Slam - without Madrid and Rome?

In 2013, he used to play extremely well at Final of Davis Cup on clay just some days after US open. With his present experience, he doesn’t need to prepare too much for Roland Garros I think.
Also in 2019 he didn't play anything before the Australian Open, and was rehabbing from ankle surgery and still made the AO Final!
I agree if he can come into the AO without prepping, and come into Wimbledon without prepping, he can definitely do it with Roland Garros.
But if he isn't too worn-out by the US Open (if he wins the US Open with a straight sets Final) then he can probably play Madrid and then recharge the batteries by skipping Rome.
 

NADALalot

Semi-Pro
Come to think of it, Rafa may feel obligated to play Madrid to boost their tourism because tourism has been lost because of the virus.
So if he's going to choose between Madrid and Rome, he'll probably choose Madrid.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I have most n0vaxfans on my ignore list .. and I'm still seeing the whinging and whining about how he was trying to do something great and everyone is being soooo unfair.
@tonylg This is something I haven’t considered: I have most of them on ignore too, except Hitman (obviously), Nolefam and a few others. I logged out for a few minutes just to get a sampling of the blame and whining from the ignored crowd. It was unbelievable. You’re right here!
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
@tonylg This is something I haven’t considered: I have most of them on ignore too, except Hitman (obviously), Nolefam and a few others. I logged out for a few minutes just to get a sampling of the blame and whining from the ignored crowd. It was unbelievable. You’re right here!
Whoa, that must have been painful to see. I'm not that brave.
 

blablavla

Hall of Fame
“I have spoken to Rafa and he is doubting which tournaments to play,” Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle and former coach, told ESPN Deportes.

The schedule is unrealistic, especially for veteran players, who cannot compete for so many weeks in a row.’

“I think it is a bit ugly what the ATP has done. This decision is totally against players like Rafa and Novak

"With everything they have done for tennis for years, I am surprised that they do this.

“I think it would be key to raise something regarding the calendar because it is not feasible to concentrate so many tournaments in such a short time.”

-Toni Nadal
ATP doesn't like intelligent tennis
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
He shouldn't. USO is more important to his legacy.
His legacy is that he's the King of Clay, so I'm not sure why he wouldn't go fast and hard (that's what she said) towards a 13th French Open title. If he has maybe 3 more good years left, I imagine he'd like to finish with 15 RG titles perhaps. That's not outside the realm of possiblity.
 
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PeoplesChamp

Hall of Fame
ATP doesn't like intelligent tennis
Murray has voiced his disapproval of the schedule as well. There's a fine line between overplaying and being match fit in this situation. Especially for older players. Some of the younger players may have trouble too simply because they have limited experience in changing routines.
 
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PeoplesChamp

Hall of Fame
Tournament is in New York where the graph lools drastically different.
I haven't seen the info on NY in a few days, but I know they have put mandatory 14 day quarantine on nearly half the country who choose to travel to NY. That shows just how sensitive the situation is there.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Tournament is in New York where the graph lools drastically different.
Do you have a crystal ball to tell us how many COVID cases will be in New York in two months? There could be 10,000 new cases a day in September in the city alone, there's absolutely no way of knowing.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Do you have a crystal ball to tell us how many COVID cases will be in New York in two months? There could be 10,000 new cases a day in September in the city alone, there's absolutely no way of knowing.
Especially if they open up now, you might see a spike in 30 or so days. That's typically what the modelers project in order to see the effects of either shutting things down or opening them back up. As you see in many states that are experiencing an uptick in cases, a lot of them started reopening (and fast) about 40ish days ago. So it's not a surprise you've seen their cases skyrocket - Florida, Texas, California, etc.
 

Nate7-5

Rookie
Do you have a crystal ball to tell us how many COVID cases will be in New York in two months? There could be 10,000 new cases a day in September in the city alone, there's absolutely no way of knowing.
Huhuhuh yeah I have a "crystal ball."

They were the worst hit and they crushed their curve because the government and people there (and the northeast in general) are responsible adults that believe in science and wear masks everywhere. I would book at trip there in September in a second. Pretty sure the players wont be going out in public at all anyway.
 

NADALalot

Semi-Pro
I don't understand why Murray has such a big problem with the schedule.
Its really an ideal schedule, because its non-stop tennis and each player can pick and choose which events they want to play.
Its a flexible schedule in a sense, and it will probably lead to the wealth being shared as a result, because none of the events will have a full field.
 
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