Djokovic did go to US Open but it was ‘not an easy decision

Novak Djokovic, unlike Kiki Bertens and Rafael Nadal, among others, will participate in the US Open, which starts on 31 August. The Serbian considers it justified to make the trip to New York.

“It wasn’t an easy decision with all the obstacles and challenges involved from all sides, but the prospect of being able to play again makes me enthusiastic”, Djokovic says in a statement.

Djokovic also participates in the Cincinnati Master Tournament, which also takes place in New York in the week prior to the US Open.

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The US Open organization received quite a few cancellations in recent weeks because of the coronapandemic, because tennis players do not like the travel and a possible quarantine obligation upon return.

Criticism

Djokovic was still the target of criticism in June by visiting a nightclub in Serbia during a self-organised tournament, the so-called Adria Tour, in a number of Balkan countries with various fellow tennis players

The tournament also showed that hardly any measures had been taken to contain the coronavirus.