With the ATP tour set to resume in August following a prolonged coronavirus shutdown, Rafael Nadal has hinted at the likelihood that he may choose not to participate in this year’s US Open.
This update comes courtesy of a Twitter post by the Davis Cup official Twitter account, which features a video of Nadal practicing his forehand on a clay surface.
One of the main sources of doubt over Nadal’s ability to partake in the US Open comes as a result of the reshuffling of the ATP calendar, with the European clay season (including Roland Garros) being scheduled immediately after the American grand slam.
Nicknamed the King of Clay, Nadal has dominated the Roland Garros competition along with other clay-court events throughout his career and is known to favor these types of contests.
In addition, coach Carlos Moya also suggested that the Spanish player may not be able to participate in both Roland Garros and US Open due to his age—he is already 34-years-old.
Of course, coronavirus has also played a part in complicating the lives of sporting professionals. If Nadal was to compete in the US Open, he would be forced to quarantine for two weeks upon his arrival in Europe, thereby forcing him to miss both the Madrid Masters and the Rome Masters.