“I Would Exclude Rafael Nadal from Criticism”- Boris Becker Justifies the Spaniard’s US Open Withdrawal Decision


Rafael Nadal

According to the veteran Boris Becker, Nadal shouldn’t be subject to the criticism that he is facing. The German supports him (Nadal) with his decision and feels that it is justified. 

With the ongoing pandemic, everything has come to a standstill and so has tennis. After a lot of considerations, the sport finally saw some normality with the Western and Southern and the US Open taking place. US Open, though one of the favorites, saw a lot of withdrawals this year. 

The reasons ranged from the risk of the virus to injury breaks. Amongst the absentees were Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka along with the defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Boris Becker

The Spaniard decided to forgo the US open as he wanted to give himself the best chance at winning the 13th French Open title! The Roland Garros will take place shortly after the US Open, making it difficult for the players to change from hard to clay courts. 

While talking to the Daily Mail, Becker said, “Some of the men are missing too, but I would exclude Rafael Nadal from criticism. He has done so much for the game and it is obvious that he wants to prepare for the postponed French Open – which has been shifted to a late September start – and give himself the best chance of winning a 20th Grand Slam.”

Six times Grand Slam Champion Boris Becker explained, “I applaud them for making the journey and will not be underestimating the achievement of those who end up doing well.”

“It Is a Shame That the Likes of Nick Kyrgios”- Boris Becker

The 34-year-old has struggled with injuries all throughout his career and hence decided to skip the slam at New York to ensure his physical well-being.

“Given his age of 34, the problems he has had with his knees and ankles, plus the change of surface, then it makes sense for him to sit this one out and get ready for Paris.”, the German added.

The 52-year-old Boris Becker also went on to talk about Nick Kyrgios’s lack of interest in the sport. According to him, it wasn’t a surprise that the Australian withdrew considering his dispassionate attitude.

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“It is a shame that the likes of Nick Kyrgios are not here either but I always expected him to cancel as I doubt he really loves the game. For those that do, this is a great chance to win a very different and historic major. I applaud them for making the journey and will not be underestimating the achievement of those who end up doing well.”, the former world number one Boris Becker concluded.


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