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Novak Djokovic ‘happy’ to play US Open 2020 despite coronavirus fears

Novak Djokovic said that it was not an easy decision to make.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 14, 2020 8:13:05 am
Novak Djokovic won last year's Australian Open by defeating Dominic Thiem. (File)

Novak Djokovic will compete in the US Open 2020 which will be held in New York later this month. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is among the several players who have already pulled out of the tournament due to coronavirus fears but the world No 1 confirmend his participation on Tuesday.

Djokovic, who tested positive for Covid-19 in June, when he participated in the controversial Adria Tour, wrote on his website:

“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open 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. During my career, I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY.

“Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions. I’ve done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.

“I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.

“Unfortunately for the players and the game itself, the current situation is not allowing everyone to travel and compete at the same level of risk, and I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”

Djokovic will also compete in the Western & Southern Open which will be played at Flushing Meadows from 22-28 August.

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