Czech tennis ace Tomas Berdych has been forced to skip next month’s US Open and the warm-up events that precede it due to persistent back problems. Also Read - Emergency Meeting Next Week to Decide Fate of Wimbledon Championships Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The 32-year-old also missed Wimbledon, where he reached his only Grand Slam final in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - Tennis: French Open 2020 Rescheduled For Late September as Coronavirus Crisis Widens

“I have been struggling with back pain for a couple of months now and have tried every possible treatment and medical solution,” Berdych was quoted as saying by Czech news agency CTK. Also Read - Rafael Nadal Beats Taylor Fritz in Straight Sets to Win Acapulco Title

The US Open, the final Grand Slam event on the 2018 tennis calendar, begins on August 27.