The bull from Mallorca announced that due to the spread of the corona in the world, he could not defend the title this year: "This is a decision I would not want to make, but I listened to my heart"
Raphael Nadal. US Championship without Roger and Rafa
The U.S. Championship will take place from August 31 without Roger Federer and also without Rafael Nadal. The Mallorca bull made it clear tonight (Tuesday) to his fans that he does not intend to come to the US and therefore will not be able to defend the title if the Grand Slam does take place.
Nadal explained the decision in a detailed tweet on Twitter: “After much thought, I decided not to participate in the US Open this year. The health situation in the world remains very complicated following the outbreak of the corona virus. The schedule, after four months without a game, remains complicated and unresolved. It is a decision I would not want to make, but I listened to my heart and decided that at the moment I prefer not to go to the competition. "
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 do not have control of it.
- Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 4, 2020
"Currently, the situation makes it difficult to hold tournaments. I want to say goodbye to the organizers and the ATP for the efforts they are making for the millions of fans who will watch the games on TV or other digital platforms. "Although I understand and appreciate the efforts of all parties, I have adhered to my position not to compete this year."