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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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NFL coming to Germany?

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The NFL looks poised to expand their reach in the European market beyond the United Kingdom.

The league announced that a German city will host an NFL regular season game in the near future. They are hoping for next season, but 2023 remains a more realistic goal due to scheduling conflicts that result from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The biding war to host an NFL contest is down to three German cities; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

“After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the `candidate phase’ of the process,” the league said in a statement. “Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.” said the NFL in the statement.

More to come.

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Nets GM felt he had “no choice” but to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he is fully vaccinated

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The Brooklyn Nets have championship aspirations this season and certainly didn’t want to start off the 2021/22 campaign this way. But Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stubbornness has forced their hand.

Nets GM Sean Marks recently spoke to the media about the controversial decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he gets fully vaccinated. He admitted it was a tough decision, but clearly has no regrets with how he handled it.

“He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.” said Marks.

“Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”

The Nets will open their season presumably without Irving when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

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Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon will miss season opener after testing positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche will be without a key player to open the season.

The team announced that All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon will be out for tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says MacKinnon is asymptomatic and resting at home until the virus leaves his system.

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