The Large Three will probably be represented on the US Open, in any case: Novak Djokovic introduced Thursday he’ll enter the Grand Slam event and the hard-court tuneup previous it in New York.
Djokovic initially complained in regards to the U.S. Tennis Affiliation’s plans to attempt to defend individuals from the coronavirus pandemic with such measures as limiting the scale of gamers’ entourages, going as far as to say he didn’t know whether or not he would take part.
“It was not a simple choice to make with all of the obstacles and challenges on many sides,” stated the No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who examined constructive for COVID-19 in June, “however the prospect of competing once more makes me actually excited.”
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Aug. 31, with out spectators. Earlier than that, the Western & Southern Open — usually held in Cincinnati — will probably be performed on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle in Flushing Meadows, beginning Aug 22.
Djokovic has received three of his 17 Grand Slam titles on the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there 5 instances. By taking part in this 12 months, he can have an opportunity to slim the hole between him and the one two males with extra main trophies: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Federer, who has received 20 Slam championships, is sidelined for the remainder of 2020 after having two operations on his proper knee. Nadal, who owns 19 main titles and is the reigning champion in New York, stated he was pulling out of the U.S. Open due to considerations about touring amid the pandemic.
Djokovic was one among a number of individuals — together with his spouse; one among his coaches, Goran Ivanisevic; and different gamers — who bought the coronavirus throughout an exhibition tour he organized in Serbia and Croatia whereas the skilled tennis excursions had been suspended.
On the exhibitions, which Djokovic stated raised cash for these affected by the pandemic, the stands had been packed and gamers casually interacted with followers and one another off the courtroom. The tour ultimately was shut down.
Earlier, when he was staying in Spain in Might, Djokovic broke native lockdown guidelines by training at a tennis membership a couple of week earlier than it was allowed.
“I’m conscious that this time round will probably be very totally different with all of the protocols and security measures which can be put in place to guard gamers and folks of NY,” Djokovic stated in a press release issued Thursday. “However, I’ve skilled exhausting with my workforce and bought my physique in form so I’m able to adapt to new circumstances. I’ve performed all of the checkups to verify I’m totally recovered and I’m able to get again on courtroom totally dedicated to taking part in my finest tennis.”
He’s 18-Zero this season, together with a victory on the Australian Open in February. That is the one Grand Slam event that is been accomplished this 12 months thus far, as a result of the French Open was postponed in Might — it now will start Sept. 27, two weeks after the U.S. Open is to finish — and Wimbledon was canceled for the primary time in 75 years.
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