Spaniard Rafael Nadal has now officially made it in the public of not participating in the upcoming US Open. He also admits this decision as one he never wanted to take.
Additionally, world number two was looking to travel to New York after the cancellation of the Madrid Masters. However, it wasn’t the case. Moreover, Nadal is the defending champion at the Flushing Meadows. Now, he will be vacating the crown without giving the competition for the same. Instead, the King of Clay is now looking to prepare for the French Open.
He announced on Instagram, “After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year’s US Open.” Further, he added, “The situation is very complicated worldwide. The COVID-19 cases are increasing. It looks like we still don’t have control of it.”
“Tennis Calendar Is Barbaric This Year” – Rafael Nadal
Moreover, the former world number also said, “We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year. There was no play for 4 months. I understand and thank you for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year.”
In addition to this, Rafael Nadal also said, “All my respect to the USTA. The US Open Organisers and ATP are trying to put the event together for both players and the fans.”
“This is a decision I never would have wanted to take. But I have decided to follow my heart this time. And for the time being, I would rather not travel.”
However, this will surely lead to disappointment among the fans. Additionally, this will be the first time in this century when both Nadal and Federer will not be participating in a Grand Slam. Incidentally, the last time that this happened was in the US Open itself in 1999.