Tennis: Nadal will play Madrid, raising doubts over US Open participation

A 2018 photo shows Nadal in action during the Rogers Cup against Karen Khachanov of Russia.
A 2018 photo shows Nadal in action during the Rogers Cup against Karen Khachanov of Russia.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday (July 7) that he will take part in the Madrid Open, raising doubts about whether he intends to defend his title at the US Open.

The US Open, whose fate still hangs in the balance, is scheduled to run from Aug 31 to Sept 13 on the hard courts of New York while the main draw at the Madrid event on clay starts on Sept 14.

Madrid will serve as a warmup for the rescheduled French Open, the claycourt Grand Slam that begins on Sept 20.

The Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez tweeted: "I have spoken to my friend Rafael Nadal who confirmed his participation in Madrid in September. As always, we await you with open arms in the Caja Magica!"

Nadal answered: "That's right Feli. See you in September in Madrid. Meanwhile, everything is going well!"

The United States has seen a sharp resurgence of new coronavirus cases, leading to fresh doubts about whether the US Open will take place.

Leading players, including world number three Dominic Thiem, have said they expect a decision from US Open organisers this week.