Djokovic taking time on US Open decision
NEW YORK - Men's tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has not
yet ruled out travelling to New York for the US Open in August
despite initially expressing doubt about the viability of the event
during the coronavirus crisis.
"I would love to go," Djokovic said in an interview with the Tennis
Channel late Thursday. "It's likely that there's going to be a better
scenario, and all those [safety] measures will loosen up a bit.
"So I'm going to wait a bit and see how it all turns out. Right now,
I cannot tell you yes or no."
The US Open will begin August 31 in Flushing Meadows under a strict
hygiene protocol proposed by the United States Tennis Association
(USTA). Djokovic was previously one of several top players highly
critical of first proposals limiting movement and the size of
entourage players could bring.
Details are still to be finalized but initially planned restrictions
could be eased. The Cincinnati Masters tournament has been moved to
New York, from August 23, to allow the players to be kept in an
isolated bubble while competing.