Nadal withdraws from US Open: 'I have made a decision to follow my heart'

Rafael Nadal watches the tennis ball closely as he winds up a forehand at the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has 19 grand slam singles titles

With Rafael Nadal deciding not to defend his US Open crown, and several other top players like Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Fabio Fognini, and Gael Monfils also opting out due to the COVID-19 situation, Sumit Nagal made the cut for the men's singles event based on his ranking. Nadal also explained his decision to pull out of the US Open.

"After many thoughts, I have decided not to play this year's US Open", Nadal said on Twitter on Tuesday. NY is a hotspot of Covid-19 in U.S., a country which tops the case count globally.

"I'm the defending champion but my heart says today is not the moment to take long travels without knowing exactly what can and can't happen".

In June, the US Open was given the green light to be played without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nadal is a four-time champion at the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to be played August 31-Sept.

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With no Nadal and already with no Roger Federer, who is recovering from knee surgery, it marks the first time since 1999 that neither will compete in the US Open.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic will be the only member of the Big Three taking part in the 2020 US Open as Rafael Nadal has decided not to enter while another former victor in Stan Wawrinka is also absent from the entry list.

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"The players need to make decisions but I am not saying mine is the right one".

"Well, I must be clear, in my first final at Roland Garros, against Rafael Nadal, I had no chance of beating him, we all know what he can do in that tournament", asserted Thiem, before going on to say playing Nadal in that final "is probably the biggest challenge I've ever had in my sports career".

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NY hospitals saw more than 18,000 patients with COVID-19 at a time in mid-April when infections surged and more than 750 patients with the illness died each day in hospitals and nursing homes.

Earlier, it was announced that US Open will be played from August 31-September 13 this year. Notably, the seedings would be announced ahead of the US Open.

In last year's final, Nadal edged Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in 4 hours and 50 minutes for his fourth US Open title.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said eight additional wild-card entries would be selected in both men's and women's segments. There is no secret to doing it, but it is true that during the years you begin to handle defeats much better.

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