Serbian Novak Djokovic He assured that he was “happy” and “delighted” that the US Open get ahead and can be disputed this year, although it has not explicitly opted on its participation.
06/18/2020 at 18:34 CEST
“The return of the circuit is fantastic news. I’m sure I speak for all the players and all the fans. This is what we have been waiting for all these months, “the Serb said in statements to Eurosport.
The New York Grand Slam will finally be played from August 31 to September 13 and, although Djokovic He has not said it verbatim, it seems that he will participate despite his initial reluctance.
The tournament will be preceded by the dispute of Washington ATP 500 and the Cincinnati Masters 1,000. The latter will be played in the same facilities of the US Open.
To keep the players happy, the initial measures that the tournament proposed have been relaxed, allowing players to be accompanied by more members of their team, more hotel rooms and the possibility of renting their own apartments, whenever it is outside of Manhattan.
“I think many of us were skeptical about everything that is happening in the United States. So many people, including me, were skeptical about whether or not I was going to make it,” he said. Djokovic.
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“We are delighted that this is happening. As professional tennis players, we love the sport and show passion for it. We miss competing, traveling and being on the circuit. This is very positive news,” said the Belgrade coach, who took the opportunity to clarify some criticism received about the Adria Tour, which he sponsors, regarding social distance.
“It is difficult to explain to people that the situation is really, really different than in America or the United Kingdom with respect to Serbia and the surrounding countries, and obviously since the first day of organizing the Adria Tour, we have been following the rules and measures that have been agreed by government institutions and public health institutions, “he said.
“We have never crossed those lines, we have always waited for them to give us the green light on whether or not we could have an audience, and then we asked when we could already have, how much audience we can have and if there must be social distance or not. So we have gone through all this process and the result has been fantastic “, he pointed out Djokovic.