Rafael Nadal will miss US Open due to COVID-19 concerns
Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming US Open tournament later this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 34-year-old stressed that it was a decision he “never wanted to take” but also said he would “rather not travel”.
Nadal is the current defending champion of the US Open expressed concerns over the amount of control the world has over the virus.
“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” the Spaniard wrote.
However Nadal will not be the only big star missing from the tournament scheduled to begin on August 31.
Roger Federer is another big name absentee from the tournament. Although his own reason is due to the recent surgeries on his right knee.
In the women’s section, the highest ranked player currently, Ash Barty confirmed earlier that she won’t take part in this year’s US Open.
Rafael Nadal’s decision means he’s unable to defend the US Open he won last year.
For Novak Djokovic, this could be an easy ride for him as two of his fiercest competitors will be absent from the tournament.
It could also be a chance for Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and the likes to get their hands on the top prize.