Read the full article here:If Rafael Nadal doesn't play in the 2014 U.S. Open, the eventual winner's victory will all but have an asterisk next to it.
The wrist injury that forced Nadal to skip the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati might keep him out of the U.S. Open as well, per Kelyn Soong of The Washington Post.
In 2013, Nadal won all three of the aforementioned tournaments.
Per Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Nadal broke the news about his absence from Toronto and Cincinnati.
"Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least two to three weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support."
Instead of risking further injury, Nadal chose to sit out the two major tuneup tournaments for the U.S. Open. In 2013, he won both events before winning the U.S. Open for the second time in his career.
Obviously, Nadal is one year older, and as he ages, he may wind up being a little more selective about the tournaments he plays in. The Rogers Cup and Western and Southern Open are both major events on the tennis schedule, so those probably won't be regularly omitted from Rafa's routine, but others could be.
As for right now, all the focus is on whether he can play in Flushing, New York.
Whether it be Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray or someone else who wins with Nadal potentially absent from the bracket, many people will wonder if the winner would have beaten Nadal if he were there.
Joe Singh of the Huffington Post doesn't like the "asterisk" talk. He writes:
"Across sports, there's a tendency to put asterisks on certain events. Things like "this wouldn't have happened if so-and-so was healthy" or "he benefited from this event or this upset" or simply "he was lucky." It's worse in some sports than others, but the overarching idea is always the same: it's how we impose reason on chaos. It's how we spend entire seasons or fortnights believing something, and then rationalize being so very wrong."
Please discuss. Do you think USO 2014 will be asterisked without the presence of the summer slam 2013 (Montreal/Cincy/USO) winner in it?