Evans dismisses Djokovics US Open concerns over COVID-19 protocols


World number one Novak Djokovic has labelled COVID-19 safety measures set to be implemented if this year's US Open goes ahead as "extreme" and suggested he may not travel to NY for the tournament.

The US Open, scheduled to begin on August 31, will be the first Grand Slam to be played after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of the season in March. "We would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week", Djokovic said.

Nadal said he now has no inclination to travel to events, while Djokovic claimed protocols allowing just one person with him on site were "extreme" as his entourage usually includes a coach, hitting partner, physiotherapist and fitness guru.

"I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist".

"The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme", Novak Djokovic told Serbian media outlet, Prva TV.

Nadal, who won a fourth US Open a year ago, said that if the NY showpiece was being staged now, he would not play.

The professional game has been deferred until the end of July at the earliest.

"If you asked me if I want to travel to NY today to play a tennis tournament, I will say no - I will not", said Nadal. Every lesser player will be well aware that the so-called "Big Three" of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer have all been publicly sceptical about travelling across the Atlantic. "But the question is, how many players are willing to accept those terms?"

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"It is not all about money, there is health involved here but if it is safe enough, having just a coach is not good enough reason not to be going to a tournament in my opinion".

In an interview on Serbia's Pvra TV, three-time U.S. Open singles champion Novak Djokovic revealed some of the precautionary measures that could be in place when the U.S. Open kicks off on August 24.

The U.S. Tennis Association is expected to make a decision as soon as next week about whether to hold the U.S. Open.

World top Djokovic stated hosting the competition would be hard due to "extreme" COVID-19 protocols, however Evans stated there needs to be some "give and take" from the gamers.

Novak Djokovic says it would be unreasonable to expect each player to have just one support person for the US Open.

"The majority of the draw would only travel with one coach, not everyone is travelling with a fitness coach and trainer like Novak said".

"Well, is not an ideal situation, honestly no", reigning men's champion Rafael Nadal revealed in an interview with The New York Times.

Novak Djokovic is concerned that the health precautions for the U.S. Open might be too "extreme" for him to participate.