Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters 2020 after defeating Croatian Dušan Lajović without losing a set. However, the defending champion eager to see fans return to the stands.
Whereas Italian Open 2020 began without spectators in the stands, it will be concluded with a minimum of 1000 fans applause.
The Italian Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora said of Rome Masters 2020, “From the semi-finals and finals of the International Tennis Championships, a thousand spectators will be able to attend all the matches which will take place outdoors and which will scrupulously respect the rules laid down for spacing, masks, and seat reservations.”
Additionally, He added, “A first but significant step towards the return, hopefully soon, to normalcy in sport. I hope that all the necessary actions will be taken more quickly to make the decision immediately applicable ”
‘It’s Great That The Fans are Coming Back”- Rafael Nadal
While Spanish star Nadal returned to the tennis circuit after seven months of lay-off, he was disappointed after seeing empty stands in Rome Masters. Nevertheless, Spaniard has felt happy after heard news from officials.
Besides, world number two went on to express, “It’s great that the fans are coming back if it’s done safely. It does not strike me as strange that the opinions of officials change in a short period of time. COVID-19 makes everything unpredictable and people who have to make decisions need to be careful. Although they are few in number, it’s wonderful that there can be people in the stands.”
Rafael Nadal will now play Diego Schwartzman to secure his place in the semifinals of the Rome Masters 2020. The 28-years-old Argentinian is currently ranking 13 in the world.