Rafael Nadal has offered a message of thanks to “all
those who make us feel a little safer” during the worldwide battle
against the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 14 700 people have died due to Covid-19 and more than 340 000 cases have been reported globally.
Nadal’s native Spain went into lockdown last week in an attempt to
slow down the spread of the virus and people are only allowed to leave
their homes to go to work, visit a doctor or buy essentials.
The world No 2 took to social media to not only thank those on the
frontline, but also encourage all those who have been affected.
“First of all, I just wanted to apologise because I was out of social
media for some time, but these are very difficult times for everyone.
This whole situation is overwhelming us and we are all committed in the
best possible way from our homes,” he said.
“I wanted to send a message of thanks to all the doctors, nurses and
all the health personnel who are all protecting us, and to the police
forces, civil and national guard, the army, and all those who make us
feel a little safer, who are in the first line of fire. After all, they
are those who are most at risk of catching (the virus) and they are our
heroes. I want to express my admiration and thank you all.
“Finally, I want to send encouragement to all the families who are
suffering, both the infected, and especially those with relatives or
friends who have died from the coronavirus. Send them a message of
encouragement. It is difficult to say something in these difficult
times, and I can only say in this case that we all feel very sorry, that
we trust that at this moment we can go ahead with our lives as soon as
“There are also positive things in these difficult times. We are
demonstrating to be a united people, many companies are being supportive
and contributing, and all citizens are showing ourselves united day
after day, complying with all the standards that health (departments)
advises us: stay at home, follow all the indications to end this
terrible pandemic as soon as possible.”