Ajinkya Rahane is feeling the “void” of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the 2020 US Open. Both Federer & Nadal aren’t playing the third Grand Glam of the year.
The 2019 men’s singles Champion Nadal pulled out of the tournament over coronavirus fears & tennis “barbaric” new calendar while Federer, who underwent two knee surgeries this year, had announced he will not play again until next year. “Definitely feeling the void of @rogerfederer, @RafaelNadal or an audience not being a part of the #USOpen . But that doesn’t take away from the excitement. Are you guys excited? Who are you rooting for this season?” Rahane tweeted.
The US Open is being played behind closed doors due to an impact of COVID-19 in the US, especially New York which has been affected by coronavirus very severely. However, former champion Novak Djokovic is playing and registered a straight sets victory over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina at an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 women’s singles winner, has also pulled out.
Rahane will next be seen in the 13th edition of the IPL where he will play for Delhi capitals. A top batsmen of his previous IPL teams Rahane has expressed his willingness to play finisher’s role in a top-heavy Delhi line-up.
Delhi have Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan as opening batsmen and recently replaced the injured Jason Roy with Australia’s Daniel Sams. The IPL gets underway from September 19 in the UAE.