Defending champion Rafael Nadal said Tuesday he will not play the US Open, citing concerns over the coronavirus and slamming tennis's "barbaric" schedule.
"After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year's US Open," Nadal said.
"The situation is very complicated worldwide, the Covid-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don't have control of it."
The 34-year-old Spanish star also took aim at the tennis schedule.
"We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play..." Nadal said.
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