World’s no. 1 player Novak Djokovic says he is excited with the prospect of playiṇg at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player is eligible to able to compete.
The United States Tennis Association announced test week that U.S Open would go ahead at the end of August without fans with all the strict protocols in place.
However, as the cases are still increasing alarmingly due to COVID-19. Djokovic is still worried about players who will be travelling from all around the world to participate in this mega event.
Djokovic was taking to Eurosports Tennis Legends Podcast where he stated: “Hopefully every single player who is participating, chosen by ranking and who deserves their place at the U.S. Open, will have an equal opportunity to travel there and compete like everybody else,”.
He further added that “This is very important because this is the foundation of the ATP and the foundation of international tennis.”.
A statement also came from the defending champion Rafael Nadal that he will not be travelling to America based on the current situation and as the women’s world’s no. 2 Simona Halep also indicated that she will also not go there.
However, Novak Djokovic said that he is happy that he is going ahead and that the ATP Tour will resume in August after being suspended from March onwards due to this pandemic.
As he concluded by stating that “I think that a lot of people were sceptical, especially for the U.S. events considering what the U.S. went through as a country during this pandemic. So a lot of people, including myself, were quite sceptical about whether it would happen or not.
“Let’s hope that in the next two months some of those restrictions will loosen up a bit and that we will have a great, great tournament.”.