Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he’ll compete within the US Open in New York later this month. A number of gamers have already pulled out of the event, together with four-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal, attributable to coronavirus fears.
However the world No 1, who examined optimistic for Covid-19 in June following the controversial Adria Tour, wrote on his website: “I’m pleased to verify that I’ll take part on the Western & Southern Open and US Open this yr.
“It was not a simple determination to make with all of the obstacles and challenges on many sides, however the prospect of competing once more makes me actually excited. Throughout my profession, I’ve performed a few of my greatest matches on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle. I’m conscious that this time round it will likely 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.
“However, I’ve educated exhausting with my workforce and bought my physique in form so I’m able to adapt to new situations. I’ve executed all of the check-ups to ensure I’m totally recovered and I’m able to get again on court docket totally dedicated to enjoying my greatest tennis.
“I respect and respect everybody taking time, effort, and power to organise these two occasions for the tennis gamers to have the ability to return to their working subject.
“Sadly for the gamers and the sport itself, the present scenario shouldn’t be permitting everybody to journey and compete on the similar stage of threat, and I hope the scenario will change quickly and we are going to all be again to doing what we love and do greatest.”
Djokovic will even compete within the Western & Southern Open, which is normally held in Cincinnati however shall be performed at Flushing Meadows from 22-28 August. The US Open will get beneath manner on the similar venue three days later. Each tournaments shall be performed with out followers in attendance.