It’s the question most on the minds of tennis fans, especially those Rafael Nadal supporters: Will Rafa play the US Open and defend his title?
That determination has now been delayed a third time and he’ll now decide on whether to go to New York early next week.
Nadal injured his right wrist 17 days ago, forcing him out of title defenses at Canada and Cincinnati. On Tuesday he had the splint removed but it is unknown if he is now cleanly hitting two-handed backhands again or moving closer to that point.
There’s still 11-12 days before Nadal would have to play his first round match (Tuesday or Wednesday), so there’s time for improvement. And we saw Novak Djokovic overcome his own wrist injury a few months ago. So maybe this delay signals hope, or maybe it doesn’t.
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