“I have a lot of more important things to take care of now than tennis,” Nadal said after losing to American Frances Tiafoe 1-3 in sets. “There will come a time when I will see my first son and I hope everything goes well,” he added. A few days ago, the newspaper Marca wrote that Nadal’s pregnant wife Maria was hospitalized to avoid complications. The doctors kept her in the hospital for now.
“I definitely have no idea now what the next tennis program will look like. My personal life is much more important than my work,” said the tennis player, who owns a record 22 Grand Slam trophies and this year dominated the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
At the US Open, Nadal finished in the round of 16 on Monday. He should play in the Laver Cup in London from September 23, the fifth year of the competition between European and world selections. “I’ve had a few tough months. When I feel I’m mentally ready, I’ll go at it again,” he said.
Even if he didn’t live up to expectations in New York, he can be world number one again after the tournament. Russian Daniil Medvedev vacates the throne after losing to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16. Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz and Norwegian Casper Ruud have a chance to jump to the top of the rankings. Both need to reach the final at Flushing Meadows, otherwise Nadal will be number one.