Late on Tuesday night, the US Open put out a tweet to announce the list of players who had made the cut for this year’s event. The message was laced with word-play as they announced the men’s singles field, “From Djokovic to Nagal.”
In the comments, users assumed a spelling error. But it wasn’t the case. It was no mistake, world no 127 Sumit Nagal had indeed made the cut – the last player to do so. The 22-year-old takes up the main draw spot made available, most likely, by the withdrawal of 19-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Nadal had announced last night that he would not be part of the tournament due to health and safety concerns.
It will be Nagal’s second appearance in the main draw of a Slam since he rose through the qualifiers to make the cut at Flushing Meadows last year. His run then was cut short in the opening round against then world no. 3 Roger Federer. And he’s just happy to be back playing.
“Making the main draw of a Slam is always a good feeling,” . “This is what you play tennis for, to be there in the Slams. So I’m very happy I’ll get to play.” The man from Jhajjar, Haryana has spent the last few weeks preparing for the possibility of playing the US Open.