Rafael Nadal: 'I already said that the issue was not tennis'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I already said that the issue was not tennis'

Rafael Nadal forgoes the US Open. A surprising and painful decision that of the 1986 Spanish class, current number 2 in the ATP ranking who therefore will not be able to defend the title won last season (the fourth in his career).

Nadal himself made it official on social media. The first slam of the tennis season loses another of its great protagonists. At the US Open 2020 scheduled from 31 August to 13 September (after the disruption of the calendars for the Coronavirus emergency) there will be Rafael Nadal, or the reigning champion.

The southpaw of Manacor, number 2 in the world, has decided not to leave for the States in light of the still difficult international situation. A very heavy absence that of the tennis player capable of winning 4 editions of the tournament in his career, in addition to that of Roger Federer struggling with recovery from physical problems.

There was no shortage of Flashing Meadows as a couple since 1999.

Nadal on his tennis

In a reply to the advertisement posted by the Spanish handle of Kia Motors, Rafael Nadal replied with a wink, "I already said that the issue was not tennis."

That would have cleared the air regarding his animated Facebook post, which had the whole tennis community wondering what was going on. The USTA has given repeated indications it intends to go forward with the U.S. Open, despite the spikes in cases around the United States, saying in a news release last week: “New York State continues to be one of the safest places in the country as it relates to the COVID-19 virus”.

That is currently true — although the area was a major U.S. h*t spot early in the pandemic, so much so that a building at the U.S. Open site was used as a temporary hospital. New York hospitals saw more than 18,000 patients with COVID-19 at a time in mid-April when infections surged and more than 750 patients with the illness died each day in hospitals and nursing homes.

Those figures plunged in May, and rates of hospitalizations and new positive COVID-19 cases have been relatively stable since June. That is supposed to be followed by the U.S. Open itself. And then, two weeks after the U.S. Open closes on Sept.

13, the French Open is scheduled to begin in Paris, having been postponed from its usual May start. “I know our fans will be disappointed to not have Rafa playing this year’s Western & Southern Open and U.S.

Open,” Allaster said. “However, for the fans and and the sport, we look forward to being inspired by him when he decides he’s ready to play”.