The world’s No. 2 player and defending champion of the US Open, Rafael Nadal vowed not to defend the championship in New York later this month out of fear of COVID-19. Rafael Nadal made his statement after the 2020 Madrid Open – the tournament he announced he would take part in, scheduled for September – was cancelled because the COVID-19 outbreak was increasing again in Spain.
“After much thought, I decided not to attend the 2020 US Open – Nadal said – The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are on the rise, it seems we still don’t. control it “.
“All my respect for USTA (US Tennis Association), US Open and ATP organizers for trying to organize this event for players and fans around the world. I understand. and thank them for the efforts they are making to make it happen. But for the health of myself and my family, I decided not to attend this year’s tournament. “
Rafael Nadal is the fourth tennis player to announce his retirement from the 2020 US Open due to concerns over COVID-19. Earlier, world No. 1 female player Ashleigh Barty, famous German male tennis player Alexander Zverev and Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios also claimed not to attend the tournament because of COVID-19.
The US Open 2020 tennis tournament will start in New York on August 31. Rafael Nadal is the current men’s singles champion, and Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu is the women’s singles champion.