Confusion is rampant right now in the tennis community. After the Coronavirus outbreak, the sport stopped and the various organizations are trying to find alternative scheduling.
Both the ATP and the WTA tours have been stopped and the rankings were frozen at least until the 7th if June. The Roland Garros sparked huge controversy by announcing the unilateral decision to postpone its event on the 20th of September so as to impact 9 tournaments. Furthermore, that means that there would be only 1 “free week” between the US Open and the French Open.
The Internazionali d’Italia soon after the US Open
Angelo Binaghi, the president of the Italian Federation, announced on Sky Sport 24 that they are ready to host the Internazionali d’Italia as a warm-up tournament of the French Open and on “any surface.” That means that in theory, we would have back to back the US Open, the ATP1000 in Rome and the Roland Garros. In this improbable scenario, Rafael Nadal should defend all titles playing back to back for 5 consecutive weeks, on 2 different surfaces and on 2 different continents.
Even if this seems to be laughable, it will be extremely difficult to find suitable dates for the events that have been postponed. Therefore, something has to be done. Stay tuned.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.2, Rafael played his last match on the 29th of February when he overcame Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-2 in the final in Acapulco to win his 85th career title.
Currently, this year the Spaniard has a 13-3 win-loss record. The Spaniard has won 1 title in Acapulco.