Defending champion Nadal won’t play US Open, slams schedule

New York – Defending champion Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday he will not play the US Open, citing concerns over the coronavirus and slamming tennis’s “barbaric” schedule.

“After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open,” Nadal said 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 decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.”

Nadal, 34, also took aim at the international tennis schedule, which had been revised following disruptions sparked by Covid-19 shutdowns.

The US Open kin New York, scheduled for 31 August through 13 September, will be followed 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…” said Nadal.

Nadal, who has won 19 Grand Slam victories, could have equalled Federer’s tally of 20 Slam wins in New York.


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