Tennis: Rafael Nadal will not defend his title at the US Open

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If that’s not really a surprise, it’s now official Rafael Nadal will not participate in the US Open. The defending champion has decided not to travel to the United States due to the “too unstable” situation surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic. He even explains that he will no longer travel for a certain period …

” After giving it a lot of thought, I decided not to play in the US Open this year. The situation in the world is really complicated, the cases of Covid-19 are increasing and it looks like we haven’t yet figured out how to control it (…) It’s a decision I wish I had never had to make but this time I have to follow my heart and I prefer not to travel anymore for the moment. ”

The Spaniard thanks the organizers of the American tournament and others who are trying to “save the season” with the organization of various tournaments under difficult conditions but admits that it makes the schedule a little crazy.

“Rafa” had already started his preparation on clay for several weeks so little doubt remained about his participation in the American tour … But no reassuring clue concerning the season on earth precisely: we learned on Tuesday l cancellation of the Madrid tournament which was to take place just before Roland-Garros.

The Coronavirus crisis will have had particularly difficult consequences for professional tennis, one of the sports most affected by cancellations.

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Tras pensarlo mucho he decidido no participar en el US Open de este año. La situación sanitaria sigue muy complicada en todo el mundo con casos de COVID-19 y rebrotes que parecen fuera de control. Sabemos que el calendario de este año tras 4 meses sin jugar es una barbaridad, si bien entiendo y agradezco los esfuerzos que todas las partes están poniendo para que se jueguen torneos. Acabamos de tener la noticia de que el torneo de Madrid también ha sido anulado. A dia de hoy la situación es complicada para hacer torneos y todo mi respeto a la USTA, organizadores del US Open y a la ATP por los esfuerzos que están haciendo para que se juegue el torneo para los millones de fans que lo verán por TV o en las plataformas digitales. Esta es una decisión que no querría tomar pero en este caso sigo mi corazón para decidir que por ahora prefiero no viajar. After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it. We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play, I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year. All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the event together for the players and the fans around the world through TV. This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.

Une publication partagée par Rafa Nadal (@rafaelnadal) le