World No.2 and defending champion, Rafael Nadal, on Tuesday, determined to decide out of the approaching US Open 2020 citing COVID-19 concerns. The event will start from August 31 onwards in New York.
“After much thought I have decided not to participate in this year’s US Open. The health situation is still very complicated worldwide with cases of COVID-19 and outbreaks that seem out of control. We know that this year’s calendar after 4 months without playing is outrageous. Although I understand and appreciate the efforts that all parties are putting into tournaments,” Nadal wrote on Twitter,
“Today the situation is difficult to do tournaments and all my respect to the USTA, organizers of the US Open and the ATP for the efforts they are making to play the tournament for the millions of fans who will see it on TV or on digital platforms. This is a decision that I would not want to make but in this case I follow my heart to decide that for now I prefer not to travel,” he added.
This is a choice I by no means wished to take however I’ve determined to comply with my coronary heart this time and in the intervening time I relatively not journey. pic.twitter.com/8VA0aSACVy
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 4, 2020
This is the primary grand slam since 2004 that the Big Three will not be half of. Roger Federer had earlier opted out of the rest of the season owing to a surgical procedure. This may even be the primary grand slam since US Open 1999 that Federer and Nadal are each not half.
Nadal had defeated Daniil Medvedev in a five-set thriller final September to win his 19th Grand Slam title.
Nadal is but to take a choice on the French Open which is slated to start within the remaining week of September.