- 30 Aug 2019
Rafael Nadal received a walkover into round three of the US Open after Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew from their second-round match.
Spanish star Nadal – the second seed – was due to close out Thursday’s evening session against Kokkinakis on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
However, the 18-time grand slam champion will now be able to rest ahead of his third-round encounter after Kokkinakis was forced to end his participation in the tournament.
Marin Cilic’s match with Cedrik-Marcel Stebe has been moved from Louis Armstrong to Ashe to fill the void.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has withdrawn from the US Open and Nadal will advance via walkover.
The Cilic/Stebe match has been moved to the 2nd night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2019
Nadal will face either Fernando Verdasco or Hyeon Chung in the third round at Flushing Meadows as the 33-year-old eyes a fourth US Open title.