Pangungunahan ni Novak Djokovic ang mga hahampas ngayong taon sa US Open sa New York kahit na may COVID-19 pandemic.
Inanunsyo nitong Biyernes (Manila time) sa Serbian sa kanyang website: “I am happy to confirm that I will participate at Western & Southern Open and US Open Tennis Championships 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. See you soon New York.”
Dinapuan ng pandemiya ang World no. 1 nitong Hunyo. Nakarekober at nagnegatibo rin nitong Hulyo.
Batid ng 17-time Grand Slam champion na magiging iba ang torneo ngayong edisyon dahil sa ilalatag na protocols at safety measures upang maiwasan ang nasabing sakit.
“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,” sambit ng tenista.
Pinanapos niyang pahayag, “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 checkups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.”
Liliban naman para sa US Open na papalo sa Agosto 31-Setyembre 13 sina Roger Federer ng Switzerland at Rafael Nadal ng Spain.