Hindi muna sasalang upang depensahan ang kanyang US Open title ngayong taon si tennis star Rafael Nadal dahil sa coronavirus pandemic.
Inanunsiyo nitong Miyerkoles (Manila time), ng 19-time Grand Slam champion ng desisyon para sa torneo na hahampas sa Agosto 31-Setyembre 13
“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.” tweet ng 34-year-old world no. 2 Spanish netter.
Pinanapos na pahayag ni Nadal, “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.”
Inaasahang hahambalos sa kumpetisyon sina world No. 1 Novak Djokovic ng Serbia, Dominic Thiem ng Austria, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, German Alexander Zverev at Russian Daniil Medvedev.