Novak Djokovic will compete in the US Open 2020. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is among the several players who have already pulled out of the tournament due to coronavirus fears. However, the world No 1 confirmed his participation on Tuesday. US Open is the only grand slam that has not been defended since 2008. The last person to defend the title was none other than the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer.
“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year,” states Djokovic.
“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”
Djokovic states how he is optimistic about returning to the United States and trusts the management that they will take appropriate actions to ensure full safety.
“During my career, I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY.
“Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions. I’ve done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.”
“I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field,” states the World number 1.
“Unfortunately for the players and the game itself, the current situation is not allowing everyone to travel and compete at the same level of risk, and I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”