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Rafael Nadal will not play his next two tournaments in the United States because of an illness — and his wife Elisabetta is trying to manage everything she can. But the three-time major winner will be a major presence at this week’s US Open, where the world No. 1 is the defending champion.
“The one thing I can do for my fans is come out and play,” Nadal told reporters. “My body is not right right now. I couldn’t play. But I want to play. I want to win. But I am not too worried.”
The No. 2-ranked American has not played in the first week of the US Open since 2008, due to a hip injury that has kept him out since the beginning of last month. But Nadal is on top of the world right now, with a world No. 3 ranking, no drop in the world rankings, four Grand Slam titles, a record nine major titles, two titles on the US Open and the US Open champion trophy to add to his collection.
Nadal, who has a US Open title to add to his other major titles, has been called the “Best of All Time” due to his achievements. And while the 33-year-old Spaniard has been out of competition in the US Open since the beginning of February, it is not because he broke a bone in his hip. It is because he is sick, and not because of a lingering injury.
But he is a dominant player who will go through what few other guys go through and still come out on top. He is the kind of competitor who will win without having to do anything extraordinary.
Nadal, though, won’t be doing anything