Djokovic Unsure about Playing in US Open


The U.S. Open will be the very first Grand Slam to be played after the unique coronavirus break out, and will be followed by the French Open which was transferred to September. We would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week.

World number one Djokovic said participating in the US Open would be an impossible task due to the "extreme" COVID-19 protocols in place and that having only one person on site with him would be "really impossible".

Djokovic, a three-time US Open victor, added: "I had a telephone conversation with the leaders of world tennis, there were talks about the continuation of the season, mostly about the US Open due in late August, but it is not known whether it will be held.

It is still uncertain, but the rules they conveyed to me if we are to play at all are extreme", he told Serbia's Prva TV.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal had also said he would not travel to the USA under the present circumstances.

The men's ATP Tour and the women's WTA Tour are now suspended until August 1, with some tournaments coming after that already cancelled, though exhibition events have started this week, with world No.3 Karolina Pliskova playing in the LiveScore Cup in Prague.

Women's world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty also voiced caution about resuming tennis too soon, saying she needed more information about health and safety before committing to the US Open.

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In an interview on Serbia's Pvra TV, three-time U.S. Open singles champion Novak Djokovic revealed some of the precautionary measures that could be in place when the U.S. Open kicks off on August 24.

There are rumours the US Open really need this to go ahead and I think as tennis players we should give something back and get out there and play. Every lesser player will be well aware that the so-called "Big Three" of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer have all been publicly sceptical about travelling across the Atlantic.

World top Djokovic stated hosting the competition would be hard due to "extreme" COVID-19 protocols, however Evans stated there needs to be some "give and take" from the gamers.

I don't think having one person of your team only allowed is such a big deal - the majority of the draw would only travel with one coach.
His argument there is not really valid for the rest of the draw apart from the real top guys.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, February 29, 2020.

The US Open has not publicly released any protocols.

Australian star Ashleigh Barty shared her concerns as well for committing to travel to the USA for any events, should they remain on the 2020 schedule.