The title in 2019, the men's tournament of the US Open not. The Spanish Rafael Nadal will not participate at the grand slam new yorkers who must normally take place from the 31 August. The world number 2 refers to sanitary conditions uncertain. It also qualifies the calendar, which promises to be " madness ". The tennis champion made the announcement on Twitter.
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" After careful consideration, I have decided not to participate in the US Open this year. The health situation is still very complicated in the world with cases of COVID-19 and new outbreaks that seem to be out of control, " writes the owner of 19 titles of the Grand Slam on his Twitter account, before taking to the very dense schedule post-coronavirus established by the ATP.
Not really a surprise
"We know that the calendar after four months without playing is a folly," says Nadal, while the US Open, from August 31, and Roland-Garros, from the 27 September, are projected in rapid succession, each preceded by a Masters 1000, Cincinnati, and Rome. The Madrid has been permanently cancelled earlier in the day. "This is a decision that I would never have wanted to take but, for this time, I follow my heart which tells me that, for the moment, I prefer not to travel," he continued.
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"If I understand and thank everyone for the efforts they make to ensure that tournaments are played, to this day, the situation is complicated to organize," insisted the Spanish player. The decision of Nadal (34 years) was expected but is not really a surprise to many, as it had repeatedly expressed its reservations. And sequence direct that shone with the hard-packed earth which is so dear certainly did not help matters.
If Nadal passes his turn, the world number 1 Novak Djokovic is a property inscribed on the list of committed communicated on Tuesday by the organizers of the tournament. As the six other members of the top 10, including Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev. In addition to Nadal and Federer, him absent until 2021 after a second operation on the right knee, missing the call at the French Gaël Monfils (No. 9) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, sacred to Flushing Meadows in 2016.