Still time to come to the reasonable side, people
i dont see why his participation automatically means everyone will just follow and play. but i agree. he'd said he'd play as long as he didnt have to quarantine upon returning to europe because he wanted to play at least 1 clay event. since madrid wont force players to quarantine he'll play. i guess that could change..Novak is definitely playing. He's been training on a HC for the past two weeks. Since Novak will play, most of the top players will probably be there.
The Communication between FFT/USTA and quite frankly both Professional Tours are horrendous to put it mildly.Even with the FFT moving their tournament unilaterally, it was done way back in mid-March. There was plenty of time for the USTA and the FFT to consult about possibly switching the dates of their slams so that European players could stay in Europe and play the clay season without worrying about the the two-week quarantine, and then, if they wanted to, they could fly to the US to play US hardcourt tournaments. That was never done, and now players are in an either/or scenario. And for Nadal, it's especially tricky as he's defending champion at both GS. Does he play the USO, and lose out on any clay court prep, which would leave him prone to an upset at the French Open, which everyone will put an asterisk by? Or does skip the USO HC season altogether and stay in Europe to play a full clay season?
big surprise. top players bitch and the organization buckles.The USTA has bowed to Novak and Thiem's complaints about only 1 person on the players team being allowed to be with them at the US Open with 3 people per player now being allowed.
Novak Djokovic had earlier disagreed with the "extreme conditions" at the USO, and even hinted at skipping the event.www.sportskeeda.com
The victory will be much sweeter after another tough victory. Every US Open title so far was very special to me as his fan. Tough battles happened here, he nearly always got to the semis or finals. Still disappointed that he lost in 2012 (that damn wind..., seriously the only reason). And sadly in 2013 Nadal peaked more consistent. Djokovic had ups- and downs... Nadal broke him that year mentally and game-wise. And of course because its the last major of a season.Unless Novak is injured again, he has no reason to worry about Wawrinka. Anyway, I think most of the top players will be there. I expect a very hard draw for Novak, as usual.
But you know that Djokovic wants to win them both. He must value them both equally. #20 is on the table. No wasting around, otherwise that's it.Stan Wawrinka was recently seen practicing on clay too. A sigh of relief for Djokovic, I'd say.
US Open is going to look more like the below tweet, but that's fine. US is in economic turmoil. If US plans to rebuild its economy, of course, it expects its countrymen to step up to the plate. Fair enough. I do not see a problem with it.