Despite these premises, the US Open may capture the attention of the public, as Novak Djokovic will have the opportunity to complete the Grand Slam and become the player with the most majors in history. After the Olympic disappointment, Djokovic did not participate in any ATP event to present himself in the best possible conditions in New York.
The Serbian will be under a lot of pressure, considering the stakes, and will have to beat competition from players like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. The first two, in particular, have proven to be close to the definitive leap in quality in recent weeks.
The Russian won and dominated the Toronto Masters 1000 showing all his talent; The German took the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and took home the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, and will arrive at Flushing Meadows with great confidence.
The big news will finally hit the total prize pool. The organizers of the US Open have announced that they will give away $ 57.5 million, a record total prize pool. The richest edition had registered a figure close to 57.4 million dollars.
John McEnroe recently weighed in on Novak Djokovic's prospects at the US Open. McEnroe acknowledges that Djokovic is the man to beat at Flushing Meadows, but he believes the Serb could be affected by stifling conditions in New York.
"I anticipate that he (Novak Djokovic) is going to win the tournament, that's what I anticipate," McEnroe said on ESPN. "Before Wimbledon started, I felt like he was going to win the Grand Slam. I felt like he was going to lose at the Olympics.
I think he contributed the two out of three format, excessive travel, lack of fans, and so on. "Temperatures in New York currently exceed 30 degrees Celsius, and the humidity often exceeds the 80% mark."
Mouratoglou has offered his two cents
Reacting to a ‘confident’ admission from the ‘G.O.A.T’, legendary coach Patrick Mouratoglou has offered his two cents.
Patrick Mouratoglou is best known for his mentorship to Serena Williams. Having tasted an endless amount of glory alongside her, safe to say, he knows a thing or two about the game. He recently expressed his thoughts over Novak Djokovic’s comments ahead of his Calendar Grand Slam hunt.
When asked about his feeling over the possibility of achieving the mind-blowing feat, Novak backed himself with exuberant confidence. Commenting on the same, Patrick said, “Watch out the thin line between confidence and over confidence. Confidence is constructive, but over confidence can be destructive”.