Rafael Nadal, the “King Of Clay” is now starting his preparations for the French Open 2020 after announcing his absence from the US Open. Additionally, the world’s second-ranked player made no eyes roll when the announcement came.
While the Spaniard was the defending champion at the Flushing Meadows, it didn’t make sense of him participating in the event. He is prone to injury, especially playing in New York. Moreover, Nadal will also be defending his titles in the ATP1000 in Rome and the French Open as well.
“Grand Slam Is Still Big” – Rafael Nadal
Henceforth, Rafael Nadal finally talked to the press where he said, “It is still big. I am not arrogant enough to say it is not because I am not playing. It is true it will be in special circumstances. Lots of important players will not be there. But still, Grand Slam and the winner will feel like the winner of the Grand Slam.”
In addition to this, the 34-year old also shared about participating in the upcoming French Open. “I trust it will be played. It is in my mind. And I am preparing for it. But we have to wait for the events to see how it evolves. In recent weeks the situation seems to have worsened a little. My hope and intention would be to be there if conditions allow”, he said.
Additionally, Rafael Nadal is a record 12 times winner at the Roland Garros. Hence, he would like to keep the tally going. Nadal, 19 times Grand Slam winner will look to win the 20th in the French Open, and equal the record number of Grand Slams by Roger Federer.
While the US Open will be starting on the 31st of this month, the French Open 2020 is due to begin from late September and will continue till the second week of October.