Spanish Tennis player, Rafael Nadal has announced that he won’t take part at this year’s U.S. Open due to the Coronavirus crisis around the world.
Rafael Nadal disclose this on Tuesday, August 4, as he noted its just too unsafe
for him to travel to America during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The situation is very complicated worldwide,” Nadal wrote in a statement.
“The COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it.”
The world’s No. 1-ranked player added,
“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.”
“All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the
event together for the players and the fans around the world through TV,” Nadal said.
Nadal joins the women’s No. 1-ranked player, Ash Barty in making the decision.
Ash Barty opted out of the event just a few days ago saying she, too, had coronavirus concerns.
“There are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19 and I don’t feel
comfortable putting my team and I in that position,” Barty said.
The tournament, which will take place in Queens, NY later this month, is still
scheduled to feature some of the game’s top competitors including Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.
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Tras pensarlo mucho he decidido no participar en el US Open de este año. La situación sanitaria sigue muy complicada en todo el mundo con casos de COVID-19 y rebrotes que parecen fuera de control. Sabemos que el calendario de este año tras 4 meses sin jugar es una barbaridad, si bien entiendo y agradezco los esfuerzos que todas las partes están poniendo para que se jueguen torneos. Acabamos de tener la noticia de que el torneo de Madrid también ha sido anulado. A dia de hoy la situación es complicada para hacer torneos y todo mi respeto a la USTA, organizadores del US Open y a la ATP por los esfuerzos que están haciendo para que se juegue el torneo para los millones de fans que lo verán por TV o en las plataformas digitales. Esta es una decisión que no querría tomar pero en este caso sigo mi corazón para decidir que por ahora prefiero no viajar. 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 don’t have control of it. We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play, I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year. All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the event together for the players and the fans around the world through TV. 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.