Defending champion Rafael Nadal mentioned Tuesday he is not going to play the US Open, citing issues over the coronavirus and slamming tennis’s “barbaric” revised calendar. “After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open,” Nadal mentioned on Twitter. “The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it. “This is a choice I by no means needed to take however I’ve determined to observe my coronary heart this time and in the intervening time I slightly not journey.”
The 34-year-old Spanish star additionally took purpose on the worldwide tennis schedule, which has been revised following disruptions sparked by COVID-19 shutdowns.
The US Open in New York, scheduled for August 31 by way of September 13, might be adopted a fortnight later by the French Open at Roland Garros.
“We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play…” Nadal mentioned.
With Nadal’s long-time rival Roger Federer already dominated out of the match as he recovers from knee surgical procedure, the US Open will mark the primary time since 1999 that neither participant has featured in the primary draw of a Grand Slam occasion.
Nadal, who has 19 Grand Slam victories, may have equalled Federer’s tally of 20 Slam wins in New York.
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Doubts about Nadal’s willingness to play the US Open have swirled for months as tennis grapples with a calendar that has been decimated by pandemic disruption.
In June, Nadal warned he wouldn’t think about taking part in the US Open except he was happy circumstances have been “completely safe.”
Nadal’s title was entered final week on the US Open tune-up match, the ATP/WTA Western and Southern Open, which might be held in New York this yr as a substitute of Cincinnati.
However Nadal had lengthy harboured issues over the proximity of the US Open and the swing of clay court docket occasions scheduled by way of September.
Nadal’s uncle and long-time former coach, Toni, mentioned in June that the previous world primary was unsure about which occasions he would play.
“The schedule is unrealistic, especially for veteran players, who cannot compete for so many weeks in a row,” Toni Nadal mentioned. “I think it is a bit ugly what the ATP has done.”
With Nadal and Federer lacking from New York, world primary Novak Djokovic can have a golden alternative to land an 18th Grand Slam singles title.
Djokovic was named on the US Open entry listing on Tuesday which included seven of the world’s prime 10 gamers.
Djokovic, a three-time US Open champion, might be joined by world quantity three Dominic Thiem, world quantity 5 Daniil Medvedev and sixth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The ladies’s entry listing in the meantime consists of 13 Grand Slam champions and 9 of the world’s prime 10 gamers.
With Australia’s world primary Ashleigh Barty withdrawing from the match final week citing “significant risks” from COVID-19, the ladies’s draw might be led by Romania’s world quantity two Simona Halep of Romania, a two-time Grand Slam champion.
Serena Williams can also be within the discipline, chasing a seventh US Open and 24th Grand Slam time total.
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