Rafael Nadal is getting ready his return to tennis right after a 7-month layoff at subsequent week’s Italian Open.
“The Foro Italico is constantly a exclusive spot for me and even much more so this yr as it will be my initial tournament following a extended time period with out taking part in,” Nadal, who has won the Rome tournament a record 9 instances, explained in a video message played at the event’s presentation on Tuesday.
Simply because of worries amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nadal favored not to travel to New York for the ongoing U.S. Open. He final played in February, when he won a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.
The Sept. 14-21 Italian Open, which was postponed from its typical slot in May well, will thus be Nadal’s major planning for the French Open later on this month.
Leading-ranked Novak Djokovic, who was disqualified from the U.S. Open, is also entered.
In all, 19 of the top rated twenty men’s gamers are entered, with only No. four Roger Federer missing due to the fact of damage.
4-time champion Serena Williams headlines a women’s discipline that options 9 of the top rated-ten ranked gamers — with top rated-ranked Ash Barty the only large title missing.
Barty cited possible well being dangers related with COVID-19 when she announced earlier Tuesday that she would not be traveling to Europe for both the Italian or French Opens.
No followers will be permitted within to observe matches at the Foro Italico and gamers will be positioned within a “bubble” very similar to that at the U.S. Open. There will be regular virus exams for gamers, coaches and other individuals doing work at the tournament.
Gamers traveling from New York and other places will not be subjected to the 14-day quarantine rule becoming utilized to regular vacationers — as extended as they do not check optimistic for COVID-19.
With out ticket income, the prize income has been decreased by forty% from final year’s tournament.
“The financial harm to our federation is massive,” explained Angelo Binaghi, the president of the Italian Tennis Federation.
Binaghi was holding out hope right up until a couple of days in the past that the regional Lazio government would permit a restricted quantity of spectators at the tournament.
“It absolutely would have produced much more financial sense to cancel the tournament, as quite a few other individuals have carried out,” Binaghi explained.
Binaghi additional that he expects the ATP Tour to approve a new tournament for Sardinia in October — only for this yr.