Defending champion Nadal to overlook US Open on account of coronavirus issues

Defending champion Rafael Nadal is not going to play within the US Open on account of issues over the coronavirus.

The world quantity two had lengthy since forged doubt over whether or not he would journey to New York for a grand slam that can get beneath means behind closed doorways on August 31.

Nadal on Tuesday confirmed he isn’t able to play at Flushing Meadows, a matter of hours after it was introduced that the Madrid Open – on account of be staged subsequent month – had been cancelled amid the worldwide pandemic

“After many ideas I’ve determined to not play this yr’s US Open. The state of affairs may be very difficult worldwide, the COVID-19 circumstances are growing, it appears to be like like we nonetheless haven’t got management of it,” he tweeted.

“We all know that the lowered tennis calendar is barbaric this yr after four months stopped with no play, I perceive and thank for the efforts they’re placing in to make it occur. We have now simply seen the announcement of Madrid not being performed this yr.

“All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for making an attempt to place the occasion collectively for the gamers and the followers world wide by way of TV.

“It is a determination I by no means needed to take however I’ve determined to observe my coronary heart this time and in the interim I moderately not journey.”

Revealed 05 Aug 2020, 00:18 IST