Rafael Nadal to skip U.S. Open due to coronavirus concerns
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Defending champion Rafael Nadal will sit out the U.S. Open this year due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
"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," Nadal tweeted in both Spanish and English.
"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," wrote Nadal, 34.
Nadal's decision not to compete at the Open, scheduled to begin Aug. 31 in New York, will delay his chance to match Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.
Nadal, from Spain, edged Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in 4 hours, 50 minutes at last year's nail-biting U.S. Open final. That gave Nadal four titles at the U.S. Open and a total of 19 across all the Grand Slam tournaments, just one away from Federer’s career mark.
Federer will be absent from the U.S. Open this year also due to two operations on his right knee.
The last Grand Slam tournament contested without either Federer or Nadal was the 1999 U.S. Open — four years before Nadal made his debut at one of the sport’s four most ...
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