Be patient on Oz Open, urges Nadal

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Rafael Nadal urged patience on arrangements for the Australian Open after losing his last game in the ATP final in London on Saturday.

The Spaniard, who has never won the elite eight-man event, was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 by fit Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will face Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.

Australian tennis chefs this week reported “new challenges” around the arrival of players for the first Grand Slam of the year during the coronavirus pandemic.

With players facing a 14-day quarantine, any delay could make it difficult to hold the highly prestigious ATP Cup and other tournaments before the scheduled start of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 18.

It is also unclear whether players will be allowed to train during their quarantine.

Nadal, who had not traveled to New York for the US Open this year, has been questioned after his loss to Medvedev whether there were any circumstances under which he would not travel to Melbourne.

“I don’t know yet what the situation will be,” he said. “We have to wait for what the (state) government says over there in Victoria,” Nadal said.

“We don’t have anyone to say what they think is best for their country. We just have to be patient and accept the situation.

“We have to be flexible to understand the situation and find a way to play as many tournaments as possible next year.”

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