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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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Lakers star Russell Westbrook not happy about recent benching, but remains positive and focused on helping team win

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When the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to drop below .500, there was one player noticeably absent on the court in the final four minutes: Russell Westbrook.

The 33-year old, who is earning over $44 million in 2021/22, has struggled to fit in with the Lakers and been under heavy scrutiny from fans and media throughout the season.

His poor shooting and lack of defensive prowess has forced Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to change things up, which manifested in sitting the supposed star in crunch time of a close game.

Despite everything, Russell Westbrook continues to maintain a positive mindset and keeps his eyes on the prize. Even if he doesn’t agree with every decision being made.

“I want to be able to be on the floor to help my teammates and be able to help our team win in games like that — but that was a decision that was made” said Westbrook.

“Ultimately, you have to be OK when s— doesn’t go well, and I’m OK…I’ve done everything that’s been asked of me here, and I’ll continue to do so and ride this out as long as we can toward our ultimate goal — and that’s to win a championship”

The Long Beach, California native has averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 45 games this campaign.

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Canadiens goalie Jake Allen sidelined for eight weeks with lower body injury

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This season is already a write off for the Montreal Canadiens, we know that. But this is essentially the icing on the cake for what has become a disastrous season for the 2021 Stanley Cup finalists.

The team announced that veteran netminder Josh Allen will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks due to an undisclosed lower body injury.

He hasn’t played since hurting himself during the team’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 12th.

Allen has posted a 5-16-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 24 games this season.

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MUST WATCH: Tom Wilson lays out Bruins player with MASSIVE open ice hit!

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We still can’t get over the legendary open ice hit Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson laid on Boston Bruins forward Anton Blidh last night!

And unlike other Luke Wilson hits, you can’t argue that this one was dirty.

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