“The health situation remains very complicated around the world with outbreaks that seem out of control,” says ‘number two’
Rafa Nadal will not defend his US Open title won in 2019 in New York. The ‘number two’ of the ranking confirmed that, “after thinking about it a lot”, he will not participate in the first ‘major’ of the season given that “the health situation continues very complicated around the world with Covid-19 cases and flare-ups that seem out of control. “
“This is a decision that I would not want to make, but in this case I follow my heart to decide that for now I prefer not to travel,” argued the winner of 19 Grand Slam tournaments. For now, Novak Djokovic , his great adversary during the last two seasons, does appear on the official list provided by the New York tournament.
Just a couple of hours after the Mutua Madrid Open confirmed the definitive cancellation of its edition in 2020, Nadal also admitted that the “situation is complicated for tournaments.” After four months without playing, the 12-time Roland Garros champion called this season’s schedule “outrageous.”
Rafa’s loss in New York is obviously coupled with the Cincinnati Masters 1000, one of the traditional stops of the southpaw on the American tour on concrete.
AS OF AUGUST 31
The US Open should be played between August 31 and September 13, with little rest before Roland Garros, scheduled between September 27 and October 11. Those three weeks of margin between both appointments are the main handle of Nadal to travel to Paris, his favorite tournament.
The number one on the women’s circuit, Ashleigh Barty , had also announced her absence from Flushing Meadows last week. The Australian claimed the same reasons as her compatriot Nick Kyrgios , who will not play a single match in all of 2020.
It should be remembered that the US registered around 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 in the last week. Since the start of the pandemic, 32,725 people have died from this disease in New York City alone.