Defending champion Rafael Nadal has decided not play the US Open, citing concerns over the coronavirus and slamming tennis' barbaric revised calendar.
"After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year's US Open," Nadal said on Twitter.
"The situation is very complicated worldwide, the Covid-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don't have control of it. We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play...," added Nadal.
This will be the first time since 1999 that neither Roger Federer nor Nadal are featured in the main draw of a Grand Slam event. Federer has 20 Slams to his name followed by Nadal with 19.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic was named in the US Open entry list and will be joined by World No.3 Dominic Thiem, World No.5 Daniil Medvedev and sixth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The US Open is currently scheduled to be held according to its original schedule from August 31 at the Flushing Meadows in New York.
Source: SIFY with Agency Inputs
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