Rafael Nadal declares not attending the US Open 2020

Because of the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, the matches of the US Open 2020 were also delayed and changed a lot. For this reason, Rafael Nadal was not happy with the schedule after the Covid-19 epidemic, Rafael Nadal announced his abandonment of the US Open 2020.


After the Madrid Open in Spain canceled, the tennis village continued to receive unhappy news regarding world No.2 player Rafael Nadal. Although the reigning US Open 2019 champion, Spain’s “Gaur” will not come to the United States to protect the title for fear of the Covid-19 epidemic. 

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Rafael Nadal thanks the organizers for his efforts, but he still declares to leave the US Open 2020 for his own safety
Rafael Nadal thanks the organizers for his efforts, but he still declares to leave the US Open 2020 for his own safety

Previously, Ashleigh Barty (Australia) also claimed not to attend, so the US Open 2020 will not have both male and female champions. “After many days of thinking, I decided not to play. The situation is very complicated worldwide, COVID – 19 cases are on the rise, it seems we still have no control over it”

“We know that the schedule has been cut horribly, we have to take 4 months off. I understand and thank them for the efforts that the organizers have made to bring the players back to play”, the Daily Mail (UK) quoted Rafael Nadal‘s statement.

“I would like to extend my respect to USTA (US Tennis Association), the US Open 2020, and ATP organizers for trying to organize this event for players and fans around the world via TV. This is a decision I never want to make but I follow my heart, I will not attend the US Open 2020” Rafael Nadal concluded.


According to the new ATP scoring method, although Rafael Nadal did not attend the US Open 2020, the player still retained 2,000 championship points last year. Similarly, Federer unable to play due to injury also preserved 360 points last year to reach the US Open 2020 quarterfinals.

Covid-19 developments in the US are causing the players to consider attending the US Open 2020
Covid-19 developments in the US are causing the players to consider attending the US Open 2020

“Big 3” will leave only Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis player who has previously suggested he does not want to attend the US Open 2020, but recently he has been practicing hard courts with the ball of the Grand Slam tournament in the US. This signal indicates that the world’s No. 1 Serbian tennis player, scheduled to attend the US Open 2020, starts to compete on August 31.

Last year, Novak Djokovic only reached round 4, so “The Djoker” has an opportunity to increase by 1,720 points if winning the championship, more importantly, the Serbian tennis player will reach the 18 Grand Slam career, only less than Rafael Nadal  1 and Federer 2 titles.

Moreover, Rafael Nadal has attended the Madrid Open 14 times and won five titles. He is the person who won the most titles of the tournament. Rafael Nadal‘s record in this tournament is 50 wins and 9 defeats. At the US Open 2019 in New York, the Spaniard excelled over the Russian – Daniil Medvedev and won his 19th Grand Slam title, nearly reaching the 20 Grand Slam title of Roger Federer. Besides, This year will be a good opportunity for Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam title race. When Roger Federer will not be able to attend the rest of the 2020 season by knee surgery earlier this year.

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