The tennis star, 34 years old, Rafael Nadal, confirmed that he would be participating in the Madrid Open, which makes it more unlikely that he will defend his champion title in the US Open.
According to the statement of the Feliciano Lopez, the director of the tournament, Rafael confirmed his participation in the next championship about a few weeks ago. Lopez also said that Madrid Open would probably start in August or September. Most often, the dates between the 31st of August and the 13th of September appear in different sources.
To be honest, there were indirect signs of that on social media of the tennis player. For example, Nadal wrote in response to his old teammate, Devis Cup, twit that they will definitely see each other very soon in Madrid. It also was a few weeks ago.
Nowadays, Nadal is known as the second most powerful tennis player in the world. He still doesn't get to Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams titles and needs only one more to become equal in this score.
During the last year the USA Open, he put down the Russian tennis player, Daniil Medvedev, and win 12 of 19 majors during the French Open, which allowed him to get on top and get a place in the rooster of the player who will join the Roland Garros.
And as the Federer will miss the rest of the majors due to a knee trauma, there is almost no way that somebody can stop Nadal.