“Circumstances Would Have to Change” – Dominic Thiem Echoes Novak Djokovic’s US Open Stance

Published 06/13/2020, 5:02 AM EDT


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is pushing the edge of the envelope to hold the US Open 2020 on the scheduled date in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Novak Djokovic raised concerns over the extreme measures taken by the organizers to ensure the safety of those involved in the event.

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Djokovic believes that it is impossible to follow certain protocols imposed at the US Open, including limited entourage for the players. World No.3 Dominic Thiem also agrees with Djokovic. He feels that the situation needs to change for the players to travel to the USA.

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“We’ll have to wait until the facts are out” – Dominic Thiem

“I think some circumstances would have to change to go there. We’ll have to wait until the facts are out and decide,” said Thiem during the press conference at the Adria Tour in Belgrade, Serbia.

He also stressed that a “Grand Slam can be pretty demanding physically and you’ll have to choose your coach or your physiotherapy.”

Alexander Zverev also expressed his reluctance to play the US Open 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the current unrest in the country due to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest also raises concern over holding the event.

“It’s great if we get the opportunity to play, but under these circumstances, I don’t think a lot of players will feel comfortable in the environment there,” Zverev said.

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Djokovic along with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, and Grigor Dimitrov headline the Adria Tour charity event in Belgrade organized by the Novak Djokovic Foundation.

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The US Open main draw is due to get underway on August 31. Consequently, a final decision on the tournament is expected to come on 15th June. Subsequently, the players will make the decision whether to play the US Open 2020 or not after getting a clear picture.

 

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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