Evans dismisses Djokovic's US Open concerns over COVID-19 protocols

Evans dismisses Djokovic's US Open concerns over COVID-19 protocols

Given the ongoing pandemic - particularly New York's regional outbreak - keeping the tournament in place would require modifications, including ramped up testing for athletes, centralized accommodations, no spectators and reduced entourages traveling with each player.

The tennis season is now suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic with tennis chiefs hoping it can resume at the start of August.

Speaking to Serbia's state broadcaster RTS on Tuesday, Djokovic said the restrictions that would be in place for the Grand Slam tournament in NY because of the coronavirus pandemic would be "extreme" and not "sustainable".

Last week, Nadal told the media in the current COVID-19 climate he would not be comfortable traveling to NY to defend his US Open crown.

The ATP is now seeking the views of the players, with the United States Tennis Association likely to decide in the second half of June whether the US Open can go ahead this year. "But I do not know in two months because we do not know if the situation is going to improve".

Djokovic said that the protocols put in place, including only being allowed one person with him on site, are "extreme" while Nadal now has no inclination to travel for tournaments.

Tennis has been suspended since early March due to COVID-19 which led to Wimbledon being cancelled and the French Open moved to later in the year.

The 33-year-old, speaking to Prva TV in his native Serbia, added: "I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist".

"All their suggestions are really rigorous but I can understand that due to financial reasons, due to already existing contracts, organisers [want the event to be] held". "We will see what will happen", he said.

"It's exciting that tennis is being talked about again".

"It's not just me, it's my team I have to consider".

"I spoke to world tennis officials just yesterday, we discussed the continuation of the season, but most about the US Open".

While the tennis world awaits a decision, which could come as soon as next week, from the U.S. Tennis Association's board about whether to hold the Grand Slam tournament in NY amid the coronavirus pandemic - and if so, with what precautions - there are plenty of questions surrounding the event.

The US Open has not publicly released any protocols.

Tournaments may yet get the green light, but the final, most vital ingredient is the players, and should the majority be against playing then the prospect of any event going ahead would be severely unlikely.

While Nadal seemed to favor a postponement of the US Open, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic slammed the various safety criteria in discussion.

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