After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that the US Open would be taking place. However, there were many players who weren’t sure about playing at the event. Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic was one of those players. Here’s why she feels that the event shouldn’t be played right now.
Belinda Bencic had an incredible run at the US Open last year. She reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at the event where she lost to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu. Considering her commendable performance last year, many would expect her to play at the event this year as well but she isn’t too sure. In a recent interview with Tages-Anzeiger, she said,
“I would be happy to play a Grand Slam tournament again. But New York and the United States are very special right now. We would be living in a bubble, but security no one can guarantee you. So, I personally think it would be a bit early to play there – although maybe I would also play. I can think of but not really imagine that it really is the US Open through them. I am not too keen on getting on the plane under these rules and conditions. I’d rather go somewhere by car.”
(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)
Belinda Bencic isn’t the only player uncertain of playing at the US Open. Other players like Novak Djokovic have said that they might skip the event as they aren’t comfortable with the restrictions in place.
There are, however, players who have already confirmed their participation, notably Serena Williams and even Dominic Thiem who was initially concerned about the event.
Tennis fans will certainly be hoping to see more of their favorite players give their confirmation and make the 2020 US Open a grand success.