Rafael Nadal emphasizes that the tennis season should not resume until the players are at no health risk and all players can travel freely to the tournaments.

"I want my sport to be 100 percent fair," the Spanish nineteen-time Grand Slam winner said in a video interview with international media on Thursday.

"We tennis players need to understand that we are facing an unprecedented situation. A restart is only possible if all players can travel safely. We are an example to the world."

Nadal even calls a vaccine against the corona virus "the key" for a resumption of professional tennis. "Only then can we really travel and play without fear. My feeling now is that we have to wait a little longer. Step by step."

'Only play when it is extremely safe'

At this time, all ATP and WTA tournaments through July have been dropped. The US Open, which is to start on August 24, is still on the calendar, as is Roland Garros. The clay tournament in Paris has been moved to September.

"Now if you ask me to travel to New York for a tennis tournament, I'll say no," said Nadal, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday.

"Maybe the situation will be different in a few months. I am confident that the game will only be played under extremely safe conditions. If that is not possible, it makes sense that the US Open will not go ahead."

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