Just yesterday I wrote about the possiblity that Rafael Nadal would miss the 2012 US Open. It is now officially confirmed that he will not be at the US Open at all. US Open tournament director David Brewer confirmed, “Rafa has informed us that he will not be ready to compete at the US Open this year and has withdrawn from the tournament. We hope to see him back on the court soon and look forward to his return to New York next year.”
Rafael Nadal also released the following statement, “I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year’s US Open in NYC. I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recup and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions. I want to say hi and thanks to all the fans, in particular to the New Yorkers. I’ll miss you all this year at the Open!”
Well, this is really unfortunate for Nadal fans worldwide. He has always been exciting to watch under the New York night matches in the Arthur Ashe stadium. Hopefully his knees will be in form for the year end championships.
What does this mean for the rest of the US Open? Well, it really opens that door for Murray and Federer to reach the finals, that is of course, depending on the draw they get.