REIGNING champion Rafael Nadal slammed the “barbaric” tennis schedule as he determined NOT to defend his US Open title as a result of ongoing coronavirus disaster.
Nadal’s involvement at Flushing Meadows was already doubtful over his fears surrounding his security and he has now confirmed he is not going to participate in New York.
Rafael Nadal is not going to defend his US Open crown at Flushing Meadows this yr as a result of coronavirus disasterCredit score: Alamy Reside Information
He took to Twitter on Tuesday night to make the bombshell announcement.
Spaniard Nadal, 34, wrote: “After many ideas I’ve determined to not play this yr’s US Open.
“The state of affairs could be very difficult worldwide, the Covid-19 circumstances are growing, it appears to be like like we nonetheless don’t have management of it.
“We all know that the decreased tennis calendar is barbaric this yr after 4 months stopped with no play, I perceive and thank for the efforts they’re placing in to make it occur.
“Now we have simply seen the announcement of Madrid not being performed this yr.
“All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for attempting to place the occasion collectively for the gamers and the followers world wide by TV.
“It is a determination I by no means wished to take however I’ve determined to observe my coronary heart this time and in the intervening time I moderately not journey.”
The US Open is scheduled to happen between August 31 and September 13.
However Nadal follows the likes of world No1 Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios in skipping the first Grand Slam back after the tennis season was suspended as a result of world pandemic.
That’s regardless of the actual fact glory on the US Open would have tied him stage with Roger Federer on a file 20 singles majors.
The world No2 is a four-time champion within the Large Apple, profitable the title in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019 – beating Daniil Medvedev in last year’s final.
Nonetheless, he missed the possibility to defend his crown in 2014 as a consequence of damage.
Nadal is the primary male champion to decide on to not defend the singles title at Flushing Meadows since American Pete Sampras, who retired the yr after profitable in 2002.
In June, Nadal expressed his concerns about flying to the US except it’s secure to take action.
And it’s clear he nonetheless feels his security can’t be assured if he travels as a result of the virus continues to say a whole bunch of lives within the nation each day.
Hours earlier, the ATP and WTA confirmed the Madrid Open had been scrapped as a consequence of a localised spike in Covid-19 circumstances.
Nadal had planned to play in Masters 1000 event within the Spanish capital, which begins the day after the US Open remaining.
That may have made very best preparation for the rearranged French Open, which he’s seeking to win for a record-extending thirteenth time.
Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev within the 2019 remaining however turns into the primary male singles champion to decide in opposition to defending his title since Pete SamprasCredit score: AFP or licensors