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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer ‘could skip US Open and French Open’

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could be forced to choose which grand slams they play later this year due to a calendar backlog.

The French Open was rescheduled for September after coronavirus forced it to be postponed.

That is just one week after the US Open is due to end in September.

According to Australian doubles great Todd Woodbridge, ageing greats Nadal and Federer might be forced to choose one of the grand slams rather than both.

Speaking to Channel Nine, Woodbridge said: “What does Rafael Nadal do? Does he play the US Open or does he save himself for the French? Because the likelihood is you can’t win both of that back-to-back.

“The US Open is brutal in terms of heat and recovery, and the French is brutal because of the physicality that is required playing on clay.

“It really does open up the possibility of players choosing one or the other. The majority won’t, but I’d expect Roger Federer to play the US Open and not the French, and Rafa to do the reverse. Can Novak win both back-to-backs? Historically the French and Wimbledon were two weeks apart, but at least you had a week off, followed by a week’s preparation. That’s not the case here.

“And let’s say you’re a doubles player, and you go deep at the US Open. Then you can’t get to qualify for the French. There’s a lot of issues that I think have been disregarded by choosing the date that they have.”

Source: The Sun

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