Rafael Nadal considering skipping US Open or French Open this year, says his uncle Toni
Rafael Nadal is considering his scheduling options and may opt to skip a Grand Slam, according to his uncle Toni Nadal.
Toni coached Rafael Nadal from a young age and is now director of the Spaniard’s academy in Mallorca.
And he says that the world number two, who will be asked to defend both the US Open and French Open titles within the space of four weeks later this year, is worried about the physical demands that would place on him.
“I have spoken to Rafa and he is doubting which tournaments to play,” Toni 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 [Djokovic].
“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.”
Nadal is not only defending his titles at the US Open and the French Open, but also 2000 ranking points.
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