Rafael Nadal has forfeited the US Open and announced that he will not return to the pitch this season. His foot injury worsened considerably after the Roland Garros semifinal against Novak Djokovic, so much so that he was forced to miss both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The Spanish champion tried to return to the hard court in Washington, but it was immediately clear that the two months of stop had not been enough to solve the problem. According to former Iberian tennis player Alex Corretja, the Majorcan’s recent decision to skip the rest of 2021 suggests that the injury is far more serious than expected. “The fact that he has retired from Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open, which are three of the most important events on the calendar, worries me enough. It means that this is not a minor problem and that his future may not be so bright” – admitted Corretja. The 35-year-old from Manacor played just seven tournaments in 2021.
Justine Henin reflects on Rafael Nadal
“It is not a big surprise, we knew it could happen. The way he (Rafael Nadal) left Roland Garros, we could see it was difficult, physically, and it looks like it remains hard physically,” Justine Henin told Eurosport. According to Henin, even if Nadal did decide to participate at the US Open, he would not be in a condition to compete with the younger players and tournament favorite Novak Djokovic. “We can also see a new generation pushing a lot and, of course, Rafa has to be in his best shape if he wants to compete,” she added. “If he comes to a Grand Slam, it is to win, and he is not in the condition to do that. It would have been tough for him to be in good shape and to be able to push Novak, who is confident even though he lost at the Olympic Games,” she added. The men’s domain look quite challenging this year. While Novak Djokovic will be chasing his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021, he will receive some tough competition from Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Both the next gens are in some great form and Zverev has already denied the Serbian his Golden Slam after defeating him at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Fans will be able to watch the draw live at the official Twitter handle of the US Open. In addition, it will also be live on the Instagram and Facebook page of the US Open where fans can access it live. While Djokovic will begin as the top-seeded player in the men’s category, Barty will lead the seeds in the women’s category. Thus, it’ll be intriguing to see who emerges as the winner of the US Open 2021.