This year, the US Open in New York will not see the champion of the past season compete for the defense of his title: the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, in fact, announced a few days ago that he will not take part in the American Grand Slam, since the Covid-19 situation in the US is still quite compromised.
At the time this article was written, more than 155,000 people have lost their lives in the United States and there are over 4 million eight hundred thousand confirmed cases of contagion. In a recent interview, Nadal paused to comment on the disastrous Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic in early summer, which saw the birth of a new Coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
The Spaniard said: “I think most players want the best for the world and for people. It is clear that a mistake has been made in setting up the Tour in Serbia and Croatia, but it is normal to make mistakes when you have to face an unprecedented situation."
Regarding the next edition of Roland Garros, where he also has to defend last year’s triumph, Rafa said: “The players need to make a decision, but I don't want to say that mine is the right one. Any decision can be wrong or right.
What we are facing is an unpredictable situation. I really hope that people learn from the Adria Tour and that we continue to move forward in the best way. " Last year, in the final in Paris, Rafa Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem by a score of 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1, thereby winning his twelfth French Grand Slam trophy.
A few months ago, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Thiem had his revenge on the Spaniard, who he ousted from the tournament in four sets. This week, professional tennis is finally back on the pitch with the WTA event in Palermo: for the men's circuit we will have to wait until the end of the month, with the appointment in Cincinnati.
Rafael Nadal will not play the US Open 2020
We thought that canceling the Mutua Madrid Open could change his mind. Or that the presence on the preliminary Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000 Entry List could have said something, but not, Rafael Nadal, in the end, made the most obvious decision: he will not play the US Open 2020.
The defending champion decided to renounce to the Us Open and dedicate himself to the clay court season (with the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and obviously with the Parisian Slam) without forcing the come back on hard-courts.
He will be a luxury absent in New York, along with the number two of the world Roger Federer, whose cause surgery on his right knee will presumably come back to Australian Open next year, and with Gael Monfils to close this particular circle.
The US Open entry list therefore includes Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin, like the mainly stars of the event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The first alternate is Andy Murray, champion of the tournament in two thousand and twelve, who obviously should have no problems entering. The Briton was also awarded a wild card by the organizers of the Western & Southern Open of Cincinnati, this year at Flushing Meadows. In the women's Entry List there are all the Top 10 except for the number one in the world Ashleigh Barty