Rafael Nadal, current champion of the US Open, will not defend his crown in the tournament that is scheduled to take place in New York from August 31 to September 13. The Balearic champion has announced his absence on social networks as a result of the complicated context derived from the coronavirus.
After much thought I have decided not to participate in this year’s US Open. The health situation remains very complicated throughout the world with cases of COVID-19 and outbreaks that seem out of control.
We know that this year’s calendar after 4 months without playing is outrageous pic.twitter.com/kLLne4yJB7
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 4, 2020
“After much thought I have decided not to participate in this year’s US Open. The health situation remains very complicated worldwide with covid-19 cases and regrowth that seem out of control. We know that this year’s calendar after four months without playing is outrageous, “said Nadal.
Nadal’s absence is not the only notable one at this US Open. At the moment, in addition to the champion, they will not be in the facilities of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, others like Roger Federer, who announced his retirement until the end of this season, Gaël Monfils (world number 9), Fabio Fognini (11 and Stan Wawrinka (17), Nick kyrgios (40) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (49), among the most prominent, at the moment.
The last Grand Slam in which Nadal or Federer did not participate, dates back to the 1999 US Open, when Nadal was 14 years old and the Swiss tennis player had not yet won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon (2003).
Novak Djokovic remains, for the time being, the only one of the ‘Big 3’ that will be in New York, in search of his seventeenth Grand Slam that would bring him closer to the 19 of Nadal and the 20 of Federer, if he conquered the title in the States Open United.
Nor has the female team escaped the plague of casualties led by the world number 1, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep (2) Elena Svitolina (5), Bianca Andreescu (6) and Naomi Osaka (10), the last two champions in New York. Who will be, if the two tournaments can finally be played, will be the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, who will already participate in the Lexinton tournament next week.