Novak Djokovic has dropped a major hint regarding his intentions to skip this year’s US Open in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - No Evidence Delta Plus Variant Will Lead to Major 3rd Wave of Covid-19: India's Top Genome Sequencer
Djokovic, in an interview to Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS, said “extreme” and not “sustainable” restrictions around the Grand Slam event due to coronavirus means his season may resume on clay court. Also Read - Another Spike! Maharashtra Registers 10,066 Fresh Covid Cases in Last 24 Hours, 163 Deaths
“Most of the players I have talked to were quite negative on whether they would go there,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by news agency AP. “For me currently, as things stand, most probably the season will continue on clay at the beginning of September.” Also Read - Delta Variant Likely To Account for 90 Per Cent of New Covid Cases in Europe by August End
All professional tennis matches have been suspended since March this year and will continue be at least till July end.
The French Open has been postponed to mid-September while Wimbledon has already been cancelled for the first time since the second world war.
The United States Tennis Association is expected to arrive at a decision regarding the US Open which is scheduled to get underway by August 31.
Like other sporting events, tennis will surely follow the strict health guidelines for the safety of players and all the stakeholders. Overseas players may have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period and Djokovic reckons that will impact his training.
He has already expressed displeasure at the prospect of travelling with just one member of their team saying a player needs at least a coach, fitness trainer and a physiotherapist.