Rafael Nadal hulking up at US Open

‘Rafa Nadal plans to play two events before US Open’, reveals his coach

Carlos Moya has described the US Open as a tournament “that has been very good for Rafa Nadal” and expects the Spaniard to play two events before the year’s final Major.

Moya – who has coached Nadal since 2017 – revealed the plan is for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to next play at the Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

World No. 3 Nadal announced last week that he would not play at Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics, having lost to Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semi-finals

“The US Open is a tournament that has been very good for Rafa historically, he really likes the atmosphere that lives there,” said 1998 French Open winner Moya.

“And we hope it will be a tournament with almost no restrictions. The idea is to compete in Toronto and Cincinnati ahead of the US Open.”

Nadal, 35, has won the US Open four times – in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019. He did not feature at the 2020 edition.

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