The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal confirmed this Tuesday that he has decided give up playing the US Open, second ‘Grand Slam’ of the season and due to start on August 31, due to the “very complicated health situation “that is causing the coronavirus and its outbreaks, which make him think that “for now” he prefers “not to travel”.
“After much thought I have decided not to participate in this year’s US Open. The health situation is still very complicated around the world with Covid-19 cases and outbreaks that seem out of control“Nadal said on his social networks.” 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, “he added.
The Balearic, world number two and current champion in New York, He indicated that the calendar of the season “after four months without playing is outrageous”, although he was sympathetic and also thanked “the efforts that all the parties are putting to play tournaments.”
“Today the situation is difficult to do tournaments and I want to show my respect to the USTA, the organizers of the US Open and the ATP for the efforts they are making to play the tournament for the millions of fans who will see it on TV or on digital platforms, “the winner continued. 19 ‘Grand Slams.
The Manacor tennis player is the first great figure on the men’s circuit announcing his loss to the ‘great’ American for fear of the coronavirus and is joined by the absence also of the world number one in the WTA, the Australian Ashleigh Barty.