Novak Djokovic will play the Western and Southern Open and the US Open 2020. The Serb, number 1 in the world announced it with a note via social media. Nole goes so against the tide compared to other players, who have already given up playing the two tournaments on concrete in the Flushing Meadows bubble.
Among these the world number 2 Rafael Nadal, but also Roger Federer, who is recovering after the knee surgery, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic will start first at the Western & Southern Open, the first Masters 1000 of this season interrupted at the end of February, scheduled for August 22 on the fields of New York, and then go hunting for his 18th Slam from August 31 to September 13 with the US Open.
Novak Djokovic: "It wasn't an easy decision"
This is Nole's announcement on social media: "I am very happy to announce that I will be at the start of the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open - we read -.
It was not a simple decision, with so many obstacles and challenges to overcome on all sides. but the prospect of returning to compete makes me very happy. I can't wait to play." Djokovic had ended up in the eye of the storm at the beginning of the summer after having tested positive at Covid together with his wife and other tennis players (including Dimitrov and Coric), all protagonists of the Adria Tour, a tournament organized by the number 1 in the world in which the security protocols had not been respected, also due to the rather soft restrictions in place in host states such as Serbia and Croatia.
Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open 2020! Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open 2020. On his Twitter account the Spanish champion wrote: "After a language of reflection, I decided not to play the US Open this year. The situation in the world is very complicated, the cases of COVID-19 are increasing and it seems that we are not in control of the situation yet.
I’m happy to confirm that I‘ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited ??? https://t.co/qgxSTHrKK4 pic.twitter.com/tg6rgwfFqm — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 13, 2020
We know that this tight schedule is brutal after four months with no games, although I understand and am grateful for the efforts they are making to make everything happen. We have just been informed that Madrid will not be played this year.
I have the utmost respect for the USTA, the organizers of the US Open and the ATP for trying to keep the event going for the players and viewers. This is a decision that I never wanted to make but I decided to follow my heart this time, and for the moment I prefer not to travel."
w Rafael Nadal could come back for the Rome Masters 1000 at the end of September, in order to got the Roland Garros at the best of his shape. Nadal should also defend the title of the French Open in October.