With an eye on second career Slam, Novak Djokovic hints of US Open commitment



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With an eye on second career Slam, Novak Djokovic hints of US Open commitment

Novak Djokovic, reportedly, is keen to play the US Open this year, according to a report published in Spanish media site Marca. The world no. 1 who was undefeated in the 18 matches he played in the 2020 season before it was paused in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic is keen to complete the career Slam for the second time in his career, at Flushing Meadows.

The report mentioned that Djokovic was the first in the WhatsApp group comprising of ATP’s top-100 players to warn that the US Open could be axed on account of the rising number of cases in the United States and because of the lockdown in the country.

If this weren’t problematic enough, players who would be competing at the US Open will also be required to complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon their arrival in Europe. And, in doing so, would be forced to miss playing the Madrid and Rome Opens prior to them playing in Paris, at Roland Garros.

According to Marca’s report, if the ATP is able to find a way out for its players to skip the quarantine in Europe after having played in the US, Djokovic is amenable to the proposed bubble set-up in New York.

Novak Djokovic ready for another career Slam quest

The Serbian wants to commit to the stretch of the clay season as well that include stops in Madrid and Rome, before Paris.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion is currently on a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country was one of the hosting venues for his exhibition event, the Adria Tour. The capital city of Sarajevo and the nation’s second-biggest city of Banja Luka were to hold the last two legs of the event after its opening runs in Belgrade, Serbia and Zadar, Croatia before the event had to be stopped because of multiple players testing positive for the novel Coronavirus disease.

Incidentally, Djokovic, too, had tested positive along with his wife Jelena. Both were in quarantine for 14 days before their quarantine period ended after both tested negative in their second test. Djokovic’s countryman Viktor Troicki and his pregnant wife, Grigor Dimitrov, and Borna Coric were some of the other players who had previously tested positive for the virus after having played the Adria Tour.

Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic, too, had tested positive. In the days leading up to the USTA’s decision regarding the organising of the US Open, Novak Djokovic was one of the players who was not pleased with some of the proposed rules that were said to be on the cards, then.