“I Did Not Make My Decision Because Rafa Pulled Out”- Novak Djokovic Answers His US Open Participation Critics


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

US Open organizers have planned for this year’s event amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, many top players would be skipped the New York major due to health concerns. On the other hand, World No.01 Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation in the U.S.Open 2020.

Moreover, Djokovic announced his decision over the U.S.Open, followed by defending champion Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the event. Later, It became a controversial issue around the tennis world.

However, the three-time U.S.Open Champions has answered all critics over his U.S.Open 2020 decision. Additionally, He said to reporters, “I did not make my decision because Rafa pulled out if that’s what people want to hear. I made my decision already months ago to come to the US Open and play here because I really wanted to restart on a hard court where I feel the most comfortable.”

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Serbian also added, “That’s the surface that I have the most success. I love playing in the US Open. So I did make my call to come, but I wasn’t 100% sure whether that’s going to happen or not until certain points were defined and clarified before coming here, which was the special exemption, coming without quarantine back to Europe and so forth.”

“I was obviously close to not coming, honestly, until probably a week before I landed in New York. I didn’t know whether I’m going to be playing or not because things were so unpredictable. And I mean, there were so many different points that were discussed.” Djokovic mentioned.

Novak Djokovic Talks About Quarantine Exemption Towards Europe Tour

Tennis governing bodies have compressed the remaining part of the 2020 season due to ongoing uncertainty. Moreover, The French Open 2020 will also take place after a narrow period of the U.S.Open conclusion in New York.

Novak Djokovic

Several players would like to compete in European tournaments, followed by the U.S.Open series. But, Players want to follow the COVID-19 protocols while traveling from North America to Europe. 

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Hence, Senior player Novak Djokovic has requested an exemption from quarantine for tennis players and staff. “For me, the crucial, the most fundamental point that had to be confirmed, I think, for us, players are this special exemption of coming back to Europe without being quarantined so we can actually be able to compete in the European tournaments like Roma or Kitzbühel for that matter or anything on the provisional calendar.” Serbian concluded.


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