Americans Sam Querrey and Tennys Sandgren say that the US Open should still go ahead even if the top players, like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, do not compete in the tournament. Roger Federer has already announced that he will not compete again this year due to his knee injury.
The US Open is scheduled to start in New York in late August with several protocols being put in place to ensure the safety of the players involved.
Querrey and Sandgren on playing the US Open without the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
Speaking to Forbes magazine, Querrey says, “It would be a bummer but the show needs to go on.
If there’s eight Americans that can’t go over there and play it, they should still play the French Open. I’d be bummed to miss it but if that means the other 90 percent of the other top guys in the world can go out and play a Grand Slam, I really would want it to continue on”.
Querrey adds that with the absence of the top guys would open up the draw for someone else to win a Grand Slam. "I would love to win it. But tennis has been great because (there has) been Roger, Rafa, Novak for 15 straight years.
I think dominance by one [person] or a small group of people in any one sport is really good for that sport. If we don’t have that for one U.S. Open, it’s not going to make or break anything." Sandgren, who lost to Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year, says, "We’ll see but I’m excited about the event regardless and I think the U.S.
Open is bigger than a couple guys. I think the tournament will be alright regardless. I think it’s good for the sport if we’re able to get it off and get the tournament played. I think the USTA has done enough where we should be in a safe environment and the tournament should go off fairly smoothly”.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all competing for the record of the most number of Grand Slam titles in men's tennis history - Federer is the current leader with 20 Grand Slams, followed by Rafael Nadal with 19 majors and Novak Djokovic with 17 slam titles.