Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is considering of skipping the U.S. Open — whether it is performed — and as a substitute returning to competitors on clay forward of the rescheduled French Open.
Speaking to Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS on Tuesday, Djokovic mentioned the restrictions that may be in place for the Grand Slam match in New York due to the coronavirus pandemic could be “excessive” and never “sustainable.”
“Most of the gamers I’ve talked to had been fairly detrimental on whether or not they would go there,” Djokovic mentioned. “For me at the moment, as issues stand, most likely the season will proceed on clay firstly of September.”
Like many sports activities, tennis went on hiatus in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All sanctioned tournaments have been scrapped till at the very least late July.
That consists of the French Open, which was supposed to finish final weekend however was postponed till September, and Wimbledon, which was canceled for the primary time since 1945.
The U.S. Tennis Association is predicted to decide as quickly as subsequent week about whether or not to carry the U.S. Open. Main-draw play is scheduled to start Aug. 31.
If that match is performed, potential precautions that Djokovic mentioned he wouldn’t respect embody:
— a 14-day quarantine required for individuals arriving from outdoors of the U.S.
— restricted entry entry to courts, which he mentioned means gamers “wouldn’t have the ability to prepare.”
— a restrict of 1 particular person per competitor at matches, as a substitute of the bigger entourages some gamers journey with.
— restricted potential to maneuver round New York, together with protecting gamers at lodges close to the match website in Queens and never letting them go to Manhattan.
“Quite excessive circumstances for taking part in,” Djokovic mentioned. “I don’t suppose that’s sustainable.”