Rafael Nadal Withdraws From US Open Due To Covid Concerns As Madrid Open Canceled | sport

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open citing concerns about the coronavirus. The quadruple winner in Flushing Meadows does not want to travel to the United States as cases of Covid-19 are on the rise.He joins world number one female Ashleigh Barty in withdrawing from the tournament due to the threat of coronavirus.

“After much thought, I’ve decided not to play at this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated all over the world, cases of COVID-19 are on the increase, it seems that we still do not have control of it, ”Nadal wrote on Instagram.

“It’s a decision I never wanted to make but I decided to follow my heart this time around and for now I’d rather not travel.

The 2020 international tennis calendar had previously shrunk to a handful of events when the Madrid Open became the latest and least surprising victim of the pandemic. In a joint statement, ATP and WTA said the seemingly inevitable cancellation of the first of the last two Clay Masters events ahead of the rescheduled French Open in September was “a decision that was made in accordance with the local authorities due to health and safety concerns. “.

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