On Wednesday, the tennis tour announced the resumption of tennis in mid-August this year, after an extended hiatus of almost six months. The world of tennis became extremely excited on receiving the news, as did world number one Novak Djokovic.
“I am extremely happy and excited to see that all the tournaments, in particular the Grand Slam tournaments, organize their events”, Djokovic said Tennis Legends Podcast.
The Serbian star has not yet dropped a match this year on the singles track. And now he’s very motivated and excited to start the tour again.
However, tennis will not be the same as always. New societal standards have forced tennis to evolve. As a result, the US Open has imposed strict measures in the middle of the pandemic and Novak hopes that their regulations will be relaxed in the coming weeks.
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The tournament allowed two teammates per player. All players will stay in the same hotel and some players from specific nations must quarantine themselves. In addition, strict rules are set up inside the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
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“I think a lot of people were skeptical. Especially for American events given what the United States experienced as a country during this pandemic. So a lot of people, including me, were quite skeptical about whether or not it would happen, “he said.
“Obviously the regulations and the measures are quite strict today, I must say. With their forties and with certain actors, notably those from South America, who cannot leave their country to come to the United States. Hopefully that will change. Everyone is working on ATP and USTA. The worst case is that it stays like this, but there is a time, ” he added.
The Serbian hopes that everything will return to normal and that each eligible tennis player will have the opportunity to participate in the US Open 2020. “It is very, very important because it is the foundation of ATP and the foundation of international tennis”, Said Novak.
Although all eligible players can participate, fans will not be allowed this year. In addition, the US Open has discontinued its wheelchair edition this year.
This weekend, Novak Djokovic will play in Zadar, Croatia, as part of his Adria Tour event.