Former World No. 1 Chris Evert spoke about the possibility of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic playing the US Open and French Open when the tennis circuit resumes in the upcoming weeks.
Chris Evert on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic playing the upcoming tournaments
In an interview to Ubitennis, the 18-time Grand Slam champion says, "It depends on what’s going on there, I think Europe is not that bad.
You know that Federer is not coming over because of his knee, but I wonder if Nadal’s gonna take that chance coming over here playing on hard courts maybe getting injured maybe not even winning it. He could just stay in Europe and practice on the clay.
If Djokovic sees Nadal and Federer and maybe a couple of other players not playing and he is chasing the numbers wouldn’t he wanna take advantage of that. I think USTA is doing a great job of getting the tournament to happen in compliance with all security measures, but in the end the players will decide, probably with a few weeks' notice."
Rafael Nadal has been practicing on clay in recent weeks as seen on social media while Djokovic has been practicing on hardcourts - which has led some fans and tennis experts to assume that the Spaniard may skip the tournaments on hardcourts while Djokovic may be preparing for playing some events in the United States.
During the interview, Evert also spoke about her job as a tennis analyst on ESPN. "When I retired, my agents immediately pushed me to go to work on TV, and it was a disaster. I wasn't comfortable and I didn't want to criticize girls I knew well; moreover, my game had always been based on instinct, so my technical analysis was not very thorough.
For nine years I stopped being a commentator to build a family, and I founded an Academy with my brother John. This allowed me to understand how the new generations play, so when I came back it was all much more fun, and I also learned to learn about the players."
Chris Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles majors during her long career. She was the year-ending world No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Overall, Evert won 157 singles championships and 32 doubles titles during her career.