Rafael Nadal says he ‘cannot see a tennis tournament happening in the short or medium term’

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Rafael Nadal says he can’t see how tennis can resume until a vaccine is developed for coronavirus, unless tournaments resume behind closed doors.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner is at home in Mallorca during the coronavirus lockdown, which has seen over 30 tennis tournaments cancelled already with no real end in sight.

And Nadal has admitted that he has been in contact with rival Novak Djokovic to discuss how they can use their influence to help tennis recover.

“Tennis is not like football, our sport involves more travelling,” Nadal told Cadena Cope Radio.

“Until there is [a] cure, the situation will be really complicated. We need to be responsible.

“I cannot see an official tournament in the short or medium-term.

“Health comes first. But if it would be possible to play behind closed doors, I would be very happy.

“I have talked many hours with Novak to see how we can help our sport.”

Nadal also spoke of how he is coping in quarantine, but admits tennis is not a priority for him right now.

“I am dealing with quarantine better than three weeks ago, the humans have the capacity to adapt.

“I am not worrying about tennis now. I do physical work to maintain my fitness.”

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