Defending champion Rafael Nadal still on US Open entry list

Rafael Nadal (PA)
Rafael Nadal (PA)

A number of high-profile players, including Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, look increasingly likely to feature in the US Open with the imminent cancellation of the Madrid Open.

The Madrid Open was rescheduled for 12-20 September, but organisers announced last week that they were advised not to stage the event due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the Spanish capital.

Spanish paper ABC reported on Monday that the joint ATP-WTA tournament has officially been cancelled and an announcement will be made soon.

If the event does get axed, it could see players who were previously hesitant to compete at the US Open signing up for the event.

Defending Flushing Meadows champion Nadal and world No 2 Halep had both indicated that they are unlikely to play at this year's New York tournament.

However, tennis journalist Christopher Clarey reports that both have decided to remain on the US Open entry list for now.

"Reigning US Open champ Rafael Nadal has decided to stay on the US Open entry list. If he withdraws, decision will come closer to the tournament," he wrote on Twitter.

"Simona Halep has decided to remain on the entry list for the US Open. Could have withdrawn now if she knew for sure she was not going to make the trip.

"But the final decision on whether or not she plays will be made much closer to the tournament, according to her team."

Some of the major concerns for players were quarantine regulations, which could be up to 14 days for those coming back into Europe after the US Open, and the lack of time off between the hard-court Grand Slam and the French Open.

The US Open final is scheduled for 13 September and the Madrid Open was due to start on 14 September, followed by the Italian Open (21 September) before Roland Garros kicks off on 27 September.

However, if the Madrid Open gets cancelled, players will have extra days off between the two Slams and it will allow them to adhere to quarantine restrictions after travelling between the United States and Europe.

- TEAMtalk media

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