The US Open 2020 will begin on 31st August in Flushing Meadows behind closed doors. World number one Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation. As a consequence, Serbian has resumed his ATP tour at the Western and Southern Open 2020 in New York.
However, Djokovic was delayed his announced over this year’s New York major participation due to several concerns. It might be a health issue because of ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But, he declared his US Open 2020 attendance after defending champion Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal announcement. Later, It became an argument matter in the tennis world for a while.
Moreover, the six-time Grand Slam Champion and the former coach of Novak Djokovic, Boris Becker did say that “You should respect the players who are there. No one is to blame for others not playing, I don’t think the tournament is worthless. You shouldn’t criticize those who decided to travel to America to play tennis.
Boris also mentioned “It’s not easy to win seven matches in two weeks. Physically and mentally it’s hard, whoever wins the trophy deserves a lot of respect.”
“We Must Not Forget That Everyone, Including Novak”- Boris Becker
Former world number one Boris Becker also spoke about tennis tours lay-off, and Novak Djokovic is playing tennis in the empty stadium. Notably, This year’s US Open series matches have been playing without fans owing to COVID-19. Besides, USTA has applied a Bubble system to keep players and staff away from the virus.
Germany’s former professional tennis player said, “Novak is the first favorite, he is the best tennis player in the world. But it will certainly be strange for him to play in front of an empty stadium. He loves when there are 25,000 crazy New Yorkers in the stands. He will miss that. Top players are used to having an audience in the stands.”
Additionally, he added, “No, no. It’s not like that. We must not forget that everyone, including Novak, was on a long break. Even when you are Novak Djokovic and have 17 Grand Slam titles, you need tournaments to get into the rhythm.”
“He is very experienced, but no one has been in a situation like this so far. He hasn’t lost a match so far … All eyes are on him and he will have to fight it. I’m sure he will feel better when the second week of the tournament starts.”, the 52-years-old Boris concluded.