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The resuming season is bringing new challenges for Rafael Nadal. Rafa currently will be perplexed. He will have to choose his tournaments carefully in the resuming season. What will his priorities be and what are the risks that he will take only he knows.

Rafael Nadal is on the list of players in the Cincinnati Open but he is most likely to skip the US hardcourt events as he has been seen practicing on clay already and has committed to the Mutua Madrid Open, which is scheduled just a day after the US Open.

ends. On one hand, Nadal might have an eye on the record-equalling 20th Grand Slam, on the other hand, the fatigue could also cause an injury. Moreover, the travel restrictions and the surge in the coronavirus cases in the US makes it even tougher for Nadal to travel to New York.

Is Rafael Nadal More Susceptible to an Injury on a Hard Court?

The calendar is cramped up, 5 tournaments in 7 weeks is a lot. And Nadal over a couple of years has been carefully selecting his tournaments. Particularly because Nadal’s knee is gullible to injuries on the hardcourt – just two years ago in the 2018 US Open Nadal retired midway from his semifinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro.

He has had a lot of knee problems, especially on the hardcourt. And with the first two tournaments being on hard courts, it might be a risk going to the US after all. Plus the pandemic hasn’t settled in the US and earlier Nadal also deemed traveling to the US risky.

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On the other hand, there are some free points. Nadal could win the US Open and finally equal Roger Federer’s grand slam tally of 20. And, with the new ranking system, he will not lose any points but could gain quite a few at the Cincinnati Open where he did not participate last year. So maybe one eye on record and another eye on catching Novak Djokovic for the World No.1.

The recent development in Madrid could further increase an inclination towards the US Open. The Coronavirus cases in Spain have surged and so the government has advised the Madrid Open to not happen in September. This could prompt Nadal to play in the US Open as he could get some time off after the US Open where he could prepare for the French Open.

However, it is all unclear right now but it seems that Nadal will skip the US part of the resuming season but if Madrid gets canceled then it changes things. It will be interesting to see what he chooses.

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Arsenal ‘to sell Lacazette to Atletico Madrid for £30m’ if star man Aubameyang signs new £250k-a-week contract

ARSENAL will sell Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid for £30million if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new contract, according to reports.

The Gunners have faced a battle to keep hold of both strikers but could be about to lose their No9.

4Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way to Atletico Madrid if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new contract at ArsenalCredit: Getty Images - Getty

And according to the Star, Lacazette is on course to join Diego Simeone's side.

But the deal hinges on Aubameyang's future.

The Arsenal captain, 31, is out of contract next year but is in negotiations over signing an extension.

His new proposed deal is set to be for three years, pocketing him £250,000 per week.

But as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his squad, Lacazette could be sold to raise vital funds.

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The Frenchman, 29, came close to joining Atleti in 2017 before a transfer ban for the LaLiga giants shelved the transfer.

Arsenal came calling and paid Lyon an initial club-record £47.7m for him in July 2017 on a five-year deal.

Since then, despite scoring 48 goals in 127 appearances, Lacazette has struggled at times to hold down the No9 position under Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and now Mikel Arteta.

With Aubameyang looking likely to stay and youngsters Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli knocking on the door, Lacazette could find himself expendable.

Allowing Lacazette to go to Atletico could pave the way for Thomas Partey to head in the opposite direction.

Ghana star Partey has been top of Arsenal’s shopping list for months and is keen to move to the Premier League after nine years in the Spanish capital.

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The central midfielder, 27, has a £45m release clause in his contract and Atletico are adamant that Arsenal will have to pay the full asking price to get their man.

Arsenal are also chasing deals to sign Dani Ceballos permanently as well as highly-rated Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes in a spree that could cost £100m.

Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny could all therefore follow Lacazette through the exit door.

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