Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday that he will take part in the Madrid Open, raising doubts about whether he intends to defend his title at the US Open.
The US Open, whose fate still hangs in the balance, is scheduled to run from 31 August to 13 September on the hard courts of New York while the main draw at the Madrid event on clay starts on 14 September .
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Madrid will serve as a warm-up for rescheduled Roland Garros, the claycourt Grand Slam that begins on 20 September.