Novak Djokovic is fretting about “harsh” restrictions on gamers’ entourages and different “excessive” modifications proposed for the U.S. Open — and saying he may not take part whether it is performed.
Whereas the tennis world awaits a choice, which may come as quickly as subsequent week, from the U.S. Tennis Affiliation’s board about whether or not to carry the Grand Slam match in New York in August amid the coronavirus pandemic — and if that’s the case, with what precautions — there are many questions surrounding the occasion.
A take a look at among the points:
Would gamers go?
The highest two males within the rankings, No. 1 Djokovic and No. 2 Nadal, winners of the final eight main titles, expressed ambivalence. Djokovic went as far as to inform Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS on Tuesday that almost all gamers he is talked to “had been fairly unfavorable” about getting into the U.S. Open and that for him, “as issues stand, most likely the season will proceed on clay firstly of September.”
The hard-court U.S. Open is scheduled to start main-draw play Aug. 31; the clay-court French Open was moved from a Might begin to late September due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The foundations and laws they knowledgeable us about, that we must comply with in case we play within the U.S. Open, are actually excessive,” Djokovic mentioned in a earlier interview with Serbian channel TV Prva.
Final week, Nadal was requested whether or not he could be on the U.S. Open. “Right this moment,” he mentioned, “I’ll say, ‘No.’ In a few months? I do not know.”
Would followers be allowed?
What about entourages?
“A participant coming with an entourage of 5, six, seven, eight is just not one thing that is within the plan,” Allaster advised the AP.
Djokovic known as that coverage “merely unthinkable, since you want a tennis coach, health coach, then a physiotherapist; an excellent crew of individuals.”
Dan Evans, who’s ranked 28th, disagreed, saying having a one-person-per-player restriction is just not “such an enormous deal.”
“Not everybody’s travelling with physios and health trainers like Novak mentioned,” Evans advised the BBC, “so I feel his argument there’s probably not legitimate for the remainder of the draw.”
How would well being be protected?
Gamers would wish to show that they had examined unfavorable for COVID-19 earlier than travelling on constitution flights the USTA would arrange from a handful of cities. There would doubtless be day by day well being questionnaires and temperature checks, together with occasional nasal, saliva or antibody testing; Djokovic mentioned he was advised there could be two or three assessments per week. Djokovic mentioned gamers wouldn’t be allowed to enter Manhattan; Allaster spoke about “centralized” housing.
Will there be format modifications?
The USTA will not change the scoring system — some unsanctioned exhibitions happening have used a first-to-4-games format — and would not shorten males’s matches to best-of-three-sets except gamers lobbied for that. Nevertheless it’s doable the entire variety of occasions — which often consists of qualifying, doubles, juniors and wheelchair tennis — might be lowered.