I have this exclusive on this story. I even scooped Scoop. Nadal called me this morning in my New York suburban house and after we exchanged pleasantries about our respective families, our golf games, Hemingway and such, Rafael told me, (and I quote): "No, I will not, I cannot, play the US Open this year. I'm very very sad. It is too bad because I love the New York people and their street side vendors, the hot dogs, the gyros, the Italian ices. I love the subway and Dangerfield's Comedy Club, no, I can't go on, It makes me very very sad.

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