It's a 360-degree turn, made by Novak Djokovic regarding the US Open. No doubt (or almost), the Serb will be at Flushing Meadows at the end of August (August 31-September 13). A few days ago, the world number 1 had said on Serbian television RTS that he was thinking of drawing a line under the American Grand Slam to devote himself to the European season on clay. "Most of the players I talk to are pretty pessimistic about going there." He notably questioned the strict health protocol of the organizers. "For me, as things stand, the season will probably continue on clay in early September". But since then, the US Open has unveiled a lighter health protocol compared to previous announcements.
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Suddenly the Serb, who organized the Adria Tour while awaiting the resumption of the circuit, is much less skeptical than a few days ago. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to play these tournaments, especially the Grand Slams, which are sacred in the history of our sport (…) I think a lot of people were skeptical, myself included, that these tournaments could be held. I am sure that ATP and USTA are doing their best. Upon arrival, it is not us, the players, who decide, and we will have to adapt to what we are given. I'm glad to hear that we can finally come with more than one of our staff. But if it's one, it's one, if it's two, it's two, if it's three, it's three. We have to adapt. "
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The Serb, who is also president of the players' council, does not forget the general interest ... According to him, all the players qualified for the US Open must have the green light to go to the United States. If not…. “All those who, by their classification, have access to the final tournament table, must be able to play. This is very important because it is the basis of ATP and the foundation of international tennis. We will all, collectively, try to make it the priority for the coming weeks. It is a question of justice. Argentines, for example, but also from other neighboring countries, have a restriction until September 1. The worst scenario would be the status quo. ”
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