Rafael Nadal to miss US Open amid coronavirus pandemic.

Madrid: Rafael Nadal, who edged Daniil Medvedev in last year men final at Flushing Meadows, has decided to skip the US Open because of a "complicated" coronavirus pandemic situation.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal the record of Roger Federer Grand Slam titles.

Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still dont have control of it,” Nadal wrote.

he current No. 1-ranked woman, Ash Barty, already had announced she would be missing the U.S. Open.

The professional tennis tours have been on hiatus since March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, with play resuming for women on Monday in Palermo, Italy. The first men event on the main tour is scheduled to be held later this month.

His announcement came shortly after the Madrid Open, scheduled for September, was canceled because of the pandemic.

Federer will be absent from the U.S. Open, too, but because of two operations on his right knee this year.

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