World Number One Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation at this years’ US Open in New York. The major tournament is scheduled to begin on 31st August at the Flushing Meadows with strict COVID-19 protocols, and also without fans. Meanwhile, Serbian is really excited to return to tennis after several months of hiatus.
17-times Grand Slam champion has a good chance to add one more major’s title of his accounts due to the absence of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. At the same time, Djokovic needs to eyes on the trouble makers, Austrian Dominic Theim and 2019 runner up Daniil Medvedev.
“I‘ll participate at Cincy Tennis and US Open this year”- Novak Djokovic
Moreover, the three times United States Championship winner has announced his participation through his twitter post on Thursday(13th August).
Additionally, He wrote on that post, “I’m happy to confirm that I‘ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year. 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.”
He also explained the reason for playing in the US Open, “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,” Djokovic added.
“I am ready to adapt to new conditions”- World No.01 On US Tour
During the Adria Tour, Serbian got coronavirus even though he is ready to take a risk once again for a comeback. Additionally, he said, “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.”
Novak Djokovic also said about US Open organizers, “I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organize these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.”
“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.” Novak Djokovic Concluded.
Notably, Ashleigh Barty, Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Krygoris, and other several top players have already announced withdrawal from this year’s event.