August 31st is approaching. And it seems that we are moving towards the confirmation of the US Open, the first Grand Slam to be played after the most acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, which coincided with the spring lockdown and the stop to all sports competitions.
In New York and its surroundings, the doubts related to health safety remain very high, just as the numbers of infections in the United States remain very high. Despite this, most of the top-tier tennis players have already guaranteed their presence, starting with world number one Novak Djokovic, who finished just a few weeks ago at the center of a storm for the organization of the Adria Tour (during which he and other players have contracted the virus).
At the same time, however, there will be no shortage of luxury packages, both in the men (above all Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) and in women, where the announced absence of world number one Ashleigh Barty stands out. A situation that is far from definitive, given that many tennis players and many tennis players will dissolve the reserve later on whether or not to enter the "bubble" of the Billie King National Tennis Center.
Rafael Nadal put up a video on social media where he can be seen lamenting his absence from competitive tennis. Despite having withdrawn from the 2020 USO, Rafael Nadal has been hard at work recently both on and off the court.
Nadal is optimistic about being back for the European clay swing
"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.
Not some tennis, but soon we will know" - Rafael Nadal had said a couple of weeks ago. Back in 2016, Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal opened his incredible academy. “This has always been one of the biggest challenges, building a great team of people and also a great team of professionals.
In that regard, I am happy, as I believe we have a great team of professionals and that gives me great peace of mind. We have coaches with vast experience in every sense, particularly on the professional tour… This group leads the project by creating the working methods and training the coaches that are coming through and have a huge desire to learn and work hard" - the former World number 1 explained.