As is well known, Rafael Nadal has announced on Twitter his renunciation to defend the title at the US Open. From the beginning, the former World number 1 had raised great doubts about his participation in the New York Slam, where he won the final against Daniil Medvedev last year.
At the resumption of training, the Spanish phenomenon had concentrated only on clay, foreshadowing his intention to focus all his energies on Roland Garros. In the event of a thirteenth victory in Paris, Rafa would in fact equal the eternal rival Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles.
At the same time, there is no doubt that Nadal's lump sum - combined with Federer's - is a serious blow for the US Open, which should be able to count on the World number 1 Novak Djokovic. In spite of the countless defections, Nadal does not want to take anything away from the prestige of the last seasonal Major.
Nadal on the US Open
"It's still big, I'm not arrogant enough to say it's not because I'm not playing. It's true it will be played in special circumstances, lots of important players not there" - Rafael Nadal said.
"(It's) still a Grand Slam, and the winner still feel like the winner of a Grand Slam," Nadal added. Asked about his participation at the 2020 French Open and whether he thinks it will go ahead, Rafael Nadal remarked: "I trust it will and it is in my mind.
I'm preparing for it but we have to wait for events to see how it evolves because in recent weeks, the situation seems to have worsened a little. My hope and intention would be to be there if conditions allow," Nadal finished.
By doing so, Rafael Nadal will not drop any points, with the tennis tour’s renewed ranking scheme, 19-time Grand Slam will be retaining all his 2,000 points from New York. The Spanish maestro is expected to be present for the Grand Slam in Paris, his favorite tournament French Open 2020.
Therein, he’d be striving to reach Major number 20. With this, it’s the first time in 21 years, a Grand Slam tournament will not feature both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The US Open 1999 did not host the ‘FEDAL’ pair and two decades later, the world witnessed two massive withdrawals from a Slam event. Previously, Federer called off his 2020 season as he underwent knee surgeries.