Rafael Nadal to return to tennis at next week’s Italian Originate

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal is preparing his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff at next week’s Italian Originate.

“The Foro Italico is repeatedly a various residence for me and loads extra so this year as it will doubtless be my first match following a lengthy period with out taking half in,” Nadal, who has received the Rome match a tale 9 instances, stated in a video message conducted on the match’s presentation on Tuesday.

As a result of concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nadal preferred no longer to lumber to Novel York for the continuing U.S. Originate. He closing conducted in February, when he received a match in Acapulco, Mexico.

The Sept. 14-21 Italian Originate, which was postponed from its odd slot in Would possibly perchance well unbiased, will therefore be Nadal’s predominant preparation for the French Originate later this month.

High-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the U.S. Originate, can also be entered.

In all, 19 of the dwell 20 males’s gamers are entered, with most attention-grabbing No. 4 Roger Federer missing as a consequence of damage.

Four-time champion Serena Williams headlines a ladies folks’s field that aspects 9 of the dwell-10 ranked gamers — with prime-ranked Ash Barty the staunch extensive title missing.

Barty cited doable effectively being risks related to COVID-19 when she announced earlier Tuesday that she wouldn’t be touring to Europe for both the Italian or French Opens.

No fans will be accredited internal to search around for matches on the Foro Italico and gamers will be positioned internal a “bubble” reminiscent of that on the U.S. Originate. There’ll be frequent virus tests for gamers, coaches and others working on the match.

Players touring from Novel York and diverse areas might possibly perchance no longer be subjected to the 14-day quarantine rule being applied to usual vacationers — as lengthy as they attain no longer take a look at sure for COVID-19.

Without mark sales, prize money has been reduced by 40% from closing year’s match.

“The commercial damage to our federation is titanic,” stated Angelo Binaghi, the president of the Italian Tennis Federation.

Binaghi was holding out hope till a few days ago that the regional Lazio govt would enable a cramped selection of spectators on the match.

“It no doubt would bear made extra economic sense to waste the match, as many others bear finished,” Binaghi stated.

Binaghi added that he expects the ATP Tour to approve a brand unusual match for Sardinia in October — most attention-grabbing for this year.


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