The World No 127, who made it through the main draw entry list, said the tournament could yet get cancelled.
The challenge for players starts even before setting foot in the US as some carriers aren't even flying there because of the coronavirus situation.
With Europe slowly emerging from lockdown in phases, live sport is coming back from the wilderness.
The day started promisingly for Sumit Nagal as he scaled his career-high of 125 on the ATP rankings on Monday.
Sumit Nagal was shown the door by Mohamed Safwat of Egypt 7-6 (2) 6-2 after a one hour and 28 minutes contest.
Nagal lived a dream when he took on one of the greatest players of all time at a packed Arthur Ashe stadium in a US Open first-rounder.
The 22-year-old Nagal, who has been in good form of late, reaped the benefit of a semi-final finish at the ATP Challenger Campinas in Brazil last week.
Nagal had received a bye in the first round and then in the second round his opponent Gastao Elias of Portugal retired midway in the first set.