The great relief to finally be able to play in front of a full house again and also to have the two weeks of isolation behind you, was evident in both players. “It was a very tough year for everyone. I believe today is the time to be grateful to Australia for all that you have done for us. It was really a pleasure for us to play in front of a full house for almost a year, ”said Thiem on the court.
Nadal was also grateful after a difficult pandemic year. “We were hit very hard by the virus in Spain and we are still in a difficult situation. Australia is a great example of how to do things right to get the pandemic under control, “the Spaniard explained.
It’s not ideal to have to stay in a hotel for two weeks, but that’s how you have to do it nowadays. “We missed you all very much,” said Nadal to the audience. In 2009 he won the Australian Open, but “almost everyone forgot,” he joked. The start in Melbourne is on February 8th.