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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From US Open Due to COVID Concerns

The 34-year-old Spaniard, will temporarily put his quest on pause to surpass Roger Federer for the most grand slams of all time.

Rafael Nadal, the defending US Open champion and the second-ranked tennis player in the world, has withdrawn from the upcoming US Open due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Nadal, the 34-year-old Spaniard, will temporarily put his quest on pause to surpass Roger Federer for the most grand slams of all time (currently trails Federer by 1).

On Tuesday, Nadal sent out a series of tweets explaining his decision to skip out on the upcoming major.

Nadal sent the same sets of tweets out in Spanish, which is his first language and is the language spoken by many of his fans.

Nadal will not be the only player absent from this year’s Open however. Ash Barty, who is currently ranked as the worlds best female tennis player, announced earlier this week that she would not be making the trip to New York at the end of the month. Along with Barty, Roger Federer has elected not to play, but not because of COVID concerns, but rather recovery from two knee operations.

It is also worth noting that even though Novak Djokovic, who is the men’s current world number one, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the summer, his intentions to play in this year’s US Open are prevalent and full.

The US Open, known for being an end-of-summer slam filled with the worlds best talents and extraordinary atmosphere, will surely look different this year due to a thin field, no fans and anxious guidelines.

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Peter Snyder
Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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