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Defending champ Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open amid pandemic

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic, placing on maintain his bid to equal Roger Federer’s males’s document for Grand Slam titles.

Nadal defined his choice in a series of tweets despatched in Spanish and English on Tuesday.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote.

The 34-year-old from Spain referred to as sitting out the match scheduled to start Aug. 31 in New York “a decision I never wanted to take,” however added that he would “rather not travel.”

“Rafa is one of the greatest champions in our sport and we support his decision,” U.S. Open match director Stacey Allaster said.

The present No. 1-ranked lady, Ash Barty, already had introduced she can be lacking the U.S. Open. The U.S. Tennis Association’s entry record bulletins Tuesday famous that 2019 girls’s champion Bianca Andreescu is within the area — at the least for now; gamers can withdraw till the beginning of play — however made no point out of Nadal.

The professional tennis excursions have been on hiatus since March as a result of of the COVID-19 outbreak, with play resuming for girls on Monday in Palermo, Italy. The first males’s event on the primary tour is scheduled to be held later this month.

Nadal’s plan to skip the U.S. Open got here shortly after the Madrid Open, scheduled for September, was canceled as a result of of the pandemic.

“We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play,” Nadal wrote on Twitter. “I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen.”

In last year’s thriller of a males’s ultimate at Flushing Meadows, Nadal edged Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-Four in Four hours, 50 minutes. That gave Nadal 4 titles on the U.S. Open and a complete of 19 throughout all of the Grand Slam tournaments, only one away from Federer’s profession mark.

Federer might be absent from the U.S. Open, too, however as a result of of two operations on his proper knee this year.

The last Grand Slam match contested with out both Federer or Nadal was the 1999 U.S. Open — 4 years earlier than Nadal made his debut at one of the game’s 4 most prestigious occasions.

The USTA has given repeated indications it intends to go ahead with the U.S. Open, regardless of the spikes in instances across the United States, saying in a news launch last week: “New York State continues to be one of the safest places in the country as it relates to the COVID-19 virus.”

That is at present true — though the realm was a serious U.S. sizzling spot early within the pandemic, a lot so {that a} constructing on the U.S. Open website was used as a short lived hospital.

New York hospitals noticed greater than 18,000 sufferers with COVID-19 at a time in mid-April when infections surged and greater than 750 sufferers with the sickness died every day in hospitals and nursing houses. Those figures plunged in May, and charges of hospitalizations and new constructive COVID-19 instances have been comparatively stable since June.

There are still issues about journey, as Nadal famous.

The USTA is planning a doubleheader of types on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Western & Southern Open, a hard-court match usually performed in Cincinnati, was moved to the U.S. Open website this year as a result of of the pandemic and is scheduled to be performed Aug. 20-28.

That is meant to be adopted by the U.S. Open itself. And then, two weeks after the U.S. Open closes on Sept. 13, the French Open is scheduled to start in Paris, having been postponed from its ordinary May begin.

“I know our fans will be disappointed to not have Rafa playing this year’s Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open,” Allaster said. “However, for the fans and and the sport, we look forward to being inspired by him when he decides he’s ready to play.”


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