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Rafael Nadal doesn’t think professional tennis will be back in 2020

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Rafael Nadal doesn’t know for sure what will happen with professional tennis this year, but it’s safe to say he isn’t too optimistic about being able to get back on the court.

The 33-year old Spaniard, who is currently #2 in the ATP Tour rankings behind Novak Djokovic, doesn’t think that tennis will be able to resume in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would sign up right now just to being ready for 2021…I’m more concerned with the Australian Open than with what happens later this year. I think 2020 has been practically lost. I’m hopeful of being able to start next year.” said Nadal.

Players are not even allowed to practice at training facilities at the moment, and a sudden return to action without the proper training or conditioning needed to compete would likely lead to a catastrophic amount of injuries, espcially for older players such as Nadal.

“Sadly, I’m not going to lie to you, the feeling is that we are losing a year of our lives…And at 33, 34 years old, that is more valuable than at 20, when you have more time ahead of you.” added Nadal.

ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi had been aiming for an August return during a telephone interview last month, but that would be an absolute best case scenario. He also didn’t rule out the likelihood of sitting for the entire calendar year.

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Florida Panthers part ways with GM Dale Tallon

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After 10 seasons, the Dale Tallon era has come to an end in South Florida.

The Florida Panthers announced that they will part ways with general manager Dale Tallon, just days after being eliminated in four games by the New York Islanders in their qualifying series.

“For the last decade, Dale raised the team’s profile, attracted key players to South Florida and brought character and class to our franchise,” said Panthers owner Vincent Viola.

“When we purchased the Panthers in 2013, we did so with a singular goal — to win a Stanley Cup. We have not seen our efforts come to fruition. We will now begin an organizational search for the next general manager.”

The Panthers have not won a single playoff series since 1996, and while they drafted some promising young talent under Tallon’s watch, they were never able to take the next step in their development.

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Jake Muzzin released from hospital and back in NHL bubble, but will miss remainder of series

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Some bittersweet news regarding Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin. The good news: He has been released from the hospital and allowed to go back into the NHL’s Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto. However, due to the injury he sustained in the final minutes of Tuesday afternoon’s 3-0 win, he will be sidelined for the remainder of the best-of-five series against the Columbus Blue Jacjets

“After being transported to hospital following an on-ice collision last night, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin is back at the team’s hotel,” said the Leafs in a news release.

“Muzzin was discharged overnight but will not be available to the club for the duration of its series versus the Columbus Blue Jackets as a result of his injury. He will remain in quarantine within the hotel and look to rejoin his teammates upon recovery.”

The 31-year-old defenceman was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois from behind and landed head first onto Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg as he fell to the ice. He laid on the ice in pain for several minutes before being helped off the ice by a stretcher.

The Leafs are tied 1-1 in their qualifying series with the Blue Jackets.

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Rafael Nadal to skip this year’s US Open due to coronavirus concerns

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Fans will have to wait to see Rafael Nadal take the court again.

The legendary Spaniard confirmed on his Twitter account that he will not participate in the 2020 US Open due to fears resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” said Nadal on Twitter.

He also added that it was the really hard decision to make, but ultimately he would “rather not travel” during these times.

Nadal, who won the US OPen in 2019, is one win away from matching Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.

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