The king of Roland-Garros will finally honor the AccorArena with his presence! The director of the Vienna tournament having announced Monday that the now thirteen-time winner Porte d’Auteuil would not make the trip to Austria at the end of the month despite the organization’s forcing, it seemed recorded before the time that Rafael Nadal would not compete in the Bercy tournament either, a week later (from November 2 to 8). The world number 2 will however be present in Paris. He announced it himself on his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon. “The time for the indoor season has come. This photo was taken today just before I train at Nadal Academy. And yes … I’m getting ready for Bercy. “
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) October 20, 2020
After having matured his reflection, the Mallorcan, still torn quite recently between stopping his season now to already prepare for the next one or, on the contrary, prolonging it by competing in Bercy and the London Masters in stride, therefore opted for the second solution. To the great pleasure of the Parisian Masters 1000 Guy Forget (also director of Roland-Garros), Nadal, as he had done last year (forfeit before his semi-final against Shapovalov in Paris, elimination from the group stage in London), will again double Bercy and the Masters.
With in mind to get closer to Djokovic and win his 1,000th success
– MARCA Polideportivo (@MarcaTMF) October 20, 2020
A choice that may seem surprising, especially since the end-of-year Parisian meeting on hard indoor is far from being one of the favorite tournaments of the Spanish champion (if he participates well again this year, it will only be his seventh participation in the event, which he has never won). Beyond his affinities with Bercy, the health context with a tournament that will probably be played behind closed doors and with a bubble located close to the AccorArena seemed above all capable of cooling a Nadal very attached to the protocol put in place for protect the health of players as much as possible and who have almost counted their trips since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The best player of all time on clay will however make the trip well to Paris, where he could register his thousandth victory on the circuit, recalls Marca, who also knows that the protege of Carlos Moya has in mind to be able to get closer to the throne still currently occupied by Novak Djokovic. And with this in mind, the 640 points he would pocket in the event of a first title at Bercy would be welcome. Because, according to the Serbian press, the world number 1, will ignore Bercy.