Djokovic likely to skip US Open and hits back at ‘malicious’ critics
In his first interview since the Adria Tour fiasco, world No1 Novak Djok- ovic has said he is likely to miss the US Open, while hitting out at criticism of his own event for its lack of health and safety precautions.
Speaking to Sportski Zurnal,
Djokovic was unrepentant about any consequences that might have flowed from the lack of social distancing at the event.
“Lately, I only see criticism, very malicious,” Djokovic said. “Someone has to fall; some big name to be the main culprit for everything.
“I leave it to others to say if that is fair. I don’t think it is; I think that we must learn from all of this and to adapt as we go along.”
Djokovic was photographed training yesterday with his childhood friend Viktor Troicki in Belgrade. Troicki was one of three players at the Adria Tour who tested positive for Covid-19, along with Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric. Djokovic and his wife Jelena also reported positive tests, but then said that an additional test had come back negative 10 days later.
On his itinerary, Djokovic told
Sportski Zurnal: “I’m not sure I’ll play in the US Open. I plan to play Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September.
“I fully support the United States Tennis Association’s wish to hold tournaments in Washington, Cincinnati and the US Open,” he said, “It is very important for the survival of many tennis professionals.
“Like everyone, we are going through economic difficulties. I don’t have that kind of pressure that others feel and of course I understand because the vast majority need to play now and earn money.
“I salute the efforts made to hold tournaments, especially in the USA and Europe, despite this big crisis, but there is a limit to everything.”
After Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will also play the Madrid Masters, and with Roger Federer not playing again in 2020 after a second bout of keyhole surgery on his knee, it appears the US Open may go ahead without any of the men’s “big three” players. If indeed it goes ahead at all.