Novak Djokovic remains undecided on US Open participation

Novak Djokovic remains undecided on US Open participation

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic labelled criticism of his behaviour during the pandemic as a "witch hunt" describing much of the commentary surrounding the COVID-19 crisis at the Adria Tour as "malicious".

Djokovic - and his wife - also contracted the coronavirus and was one of several players captured on video that week dancing shirtless in a Belgrade club.

Last month, the world's No. 1 tennis player helped plan The Adria Tour, which brought in players from multiple countries and allowed sellout crowds of 4,000 fans to gather in Belgrade without face masks or social distancing. "It is obvious that there is more than reviewas if there was an agenda, a Witch hunt, that someone has to fall, some personality that is guilty of everything " He pointed out.

Borna Coric and Djokovic also later returned positive tests, leading to consternation from figures within the tennis community.

"I fully support the USTA wish to hold tournaments in Washington, Cincinnati and the US Open, because it is very important for survival of many tennis professionals", the 17-time Grand Slam victor said.

"Personally, I don't have that kind of pressure that the others feel. It's too cheap to shoot at Djokovic now". "We discussed it in the Council and that decision was made because we wanted to protect the players that don't want to put themselves at risk and travel", Djokovic said. "It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticizing others".

Novak Djokovic can be seen among a large number of young volunteers waving on court
Novak Djokovic said he would"probably do things differently if he had his time again

"What are you talking about @ThiemDomi?".

As for the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin without fans August 31 in New York, Djokovic still is debating whether to show up. Mistakes like smashing rackets? "Which everyone does?" He then carried on to say that none of those criticising him have "the intellectual level to even understand" where he's coming from.

For what it's worth, New York City's seven-day average positive test rate Tuesday stood at 1.2%, well below the national US average of 8%.

In his first interview since the Adria Tour fiasco, world No1 Novak Djokovic said that he is unlikely to play the US Open, while hitting out at those who criticised his own event for its lack of health and safety precautions.

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