Nadal to skip US Open
Rafael Nadal
Nadal to skip US Open
(Agence France-Presse) - August 6, 2020 - 12:00am

Defending champion Rafael Nadal said Tuesday he will not play in the US Open, citing concerns over the coronavirus and slamming tennis’ “barbaric” revised calendar.

“After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open,” Nadal said on Twitter.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it.

“This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.”

The 34-year-old Spanish star also took aim at the international tennis schedule, which has been revised following disruptions sparked by COVID-19 shutdowns.

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