“I follow my heart,” the number two in the world responded on Twitter. “This is a decision I never wanted to make, but at this time I don’t think it is opportune to just travel. All my respect for the efforts of the ATP and the American tennis federation, but the current situation makes it too difficult. ”
Nadal previously registered for the Masters 1,000 of Cincinnati, which also takes place in New York prior to the US Open, but he will also be absent for that. He seems to be concentrating so completely on the clay court season. He will participate in the tournament of Rome, followed by Roland Garros, the tournament that Nadal has already won twelve times.
Participant list one big question mark
Roger Federer also had to pass for the US Open. The Swiss was operated on his knee at the beginning of this year. Chances are that he will no longer be in action this season.
Besides Nadal and Federer, the Frenchman Gaël Monfils (ATP-9) is also missing from the list of participants for the US Open. Other notable absents are the Italian Fabio Fognini (ATP-11) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (ATP-17). David Goffin (ATP-10) is present.
Among the women, the Australian number one in the world Ashleigh Barty is the only player in the top ten who is missing. The Dutch Kiki Bertens (WTA-7) is on the list of participants, but waits until the last moment to decide whether she actually travels to the United States. Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams (WTA-9) also signed up. The US Open opens on Monday, August 31.