As the tennis season approaches its return, Rafael Nadal poses an interesting scenario. The world number 2 is the reigning champion in three of the four scheduled tournaments. All four tournaments will take place continuously and therefore no player will have time to rest.
Rafa’s practice on the stories of IG lenkoveloove https://t.co/SFBdCR5b3w pic.twitter.com/KfkJQQQOWr
– Sunny (@rafancoreana) July 13, 2020
But Nadal could take a different path. And in the past few weeks, few things have lined up so well that it could indicate that Nadal can skip the US Open. He is the defending champion at the Flushing Meadows, but the Spaniard would be comfortable playing in Europe, where the pandemic is slowing down. Here because.
Since blocking has been facilitated across Europe, players are on the field to practice to achieve match eligibility. In the video above, Nadal is seen practicing on a clay court. The first two tournaments on the revised calendar are Cincinnati Masters and US Open which take place on clay courts. This may indicate that Nadal is preparing for the clay season and skipping the American circuit.
Why should Rafael Nadal skip the US Open?
Nadal expressed concern about the pandemic situation in the United States last month. He considered it a risk to go to the United States. Rafa does not want to take this risk and instead of traveling to the United States, he could simply participate in clay tournaments in Europe.
The new revised ranking systems also arrived last week. In a nutshell, Nadal won’t lose his 2000 points if he misses the US Open. So you won’t have to risk your ranking points. This is important because Nadal has confirmed that he will participate in the Madrid Open. The Madrid Open is immediately after the US Open. So it will be a tiring business to travel from the United States to Spain without a break.
“I spoke to my friend Rafael Nadal and he confirmed his participation in Madrid next September”, Feliciano Lopez, tournament director, Madrid Open.
Although there has been no confirmation from Rafa’s camp, his uncle Toni Nadal has had some comments on his nephew’s participation in the US Open. Toni indicated that Rafa is hesitant and it is impossible to compete between the US Open, Madrid Open, Italian Open and French Open in a month.
“He was hesitating; he told me about the calendar. It is difficult in a month to make the US Open, Rome, Madrid and Paris; it’s almost impossible ” Toni said.
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That said, it won’t be surprising if Nadal misses the US Open to compete in land tournaments. For now, there is no confirmation of his participation, but he will carefully analyze this with his team.