Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles Rafa Nadal, has affirmed that the large tennis tournaments without spectators in the stands as a result of the sanitary restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic “they are very poor and difficult to play” for tennis players.
“I’ve been to Monte Carlo and it was a very decaffeinated tournament without an audience. That is why it is important that in Mallorca we have the possibility of organizing an ATP tournament with spectators, which also provides an outlet for tourism with health security “, he said Toni Nadal this Wednesday after the presentation of ATP Mallorca.
Toni Nadal is the director of the World Tour ATP 250 category tournament, the first of its kind to be held on the island in 19 years. Regarding the recent Conde de Godó Trophy in Barcelona, Rafa Nadal’s former coach highlighted “the importance” for tennis players to feel the support of the spectators.
“Feeling the support of 1,300 spectators when you play decisive points is very important for the player; otherwise it seems that you are training “, said Toni Nadal. He also referred to the final that Rafa Nadal beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift the twelfth Conde de Godó Trophy:” It was not a great match but it was exciting. Rafael was able to overcome a great rival, without playing very well and that is very important for him before facing the next tournaments, “he remarked.