Rafael Nadal defends Adria Tour as intentions were good, but ‘hopes people learn’ from mistakes
Rafael Nadal insists the Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour came from a good place, but concedes mistakes were made and “hopes people learn” from the tournament.
World No 1 Djokovic organised the exhibition event to raise funds for humanitarian projects in the Balkan region and invited a host of top players to take part.
However, the event was cancelled midway through after Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and several non-playing staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The likes of Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem also competed but they returned negative tests.
The players have copped a lot of flak, but Nadal insists it was done with good intentions.
Dominic Thiem again hits back at Adria Tour critics, insisting Novak Djokovic ‘didn’t break any law’
“I think most of the players want the best for the world and for people. Of course there was a mistake in the tour organised in Serbia and Croatia but mistakes are normal when you face a situation you haven’t faced before,” he said during a video conference call.
“The players need to make decisions but I am not saying mine is the right one. Every decision can be right or wrong. We are facing unpredictable situations.
“I really hope people learn from the Adria Tour and we continue in the best way possible.”
Rafael Nadal insists US Open ‘is still a big tournament, it’s a Grand Slam’ despite withdrawals
Nadal on Tuesday became another high-profile US Open casualty as he confirmed that he won’t defend his title at Flushing Meadows due to coronavirus concerns.
“My heart says today is not the moment to take long travels without knowing exactly what can and cannot happen,” he explained.
“My decision is to stay at home in Mallorca where the situation is good, it looks under control here, and to wait for future opportunities.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Davis Cup Finals group stage draw does Great Britain no favours
Leon Smith’s side defeated Colombia away to secure a place in the finals.
Jessica Pegula identifies the players to beat on the WTA Tour
Jessica Pegula wants to upstage the big guns.
Watch: Taylor Fritz gives girlfriend Morgan Riddle a coaching session
Morgan Riddle’s forehand needs some work but her content is ace.
Carlos Alcaraz keen to play Novak Djokovic at his peak – ‘When he’s 100 percent, he’s the best’
Who is the best player at the moment? Carlos Alcaraz or Novak Djokovic?
Christopher Eubanks to surge up ATP Rankings as stars like Jamie Foxx line up to congratulate him
Christopher Eubanks is enjoying a dream run in Miami.
Daniil Medvedev ‘laid down for five hours, just relaxed’ due to rain delay
Daniil Medvedev was up way past his bedtime on Tuesday in Miami.
Jannik Sinner ‘has everything to become No 1 in the world’
Darren Cahill highlights some areas that Jannik Sinner needs to improve.
Jessica Pegula saves match points to beat ‘fearless’ Anastasia Potapova, up next the in-form Elena Rybakina
Jessica Pegula sets up Elena Rybakina showdown in Miami.
Stefanos Tsitsipas slams ‘pretty bad’ ATP rule after being ‘forced’ to play while injured in Indian Wells
Stefanos Tsitsipas unimpressed by ATP rules.
Mystery over Carlos Alcaraz post match message is resolved
The mystery over Carlos Alcaraz’s post-match message has been cleared up.