Former player Rennae Stubbs, who is now a full time commentator on television, and the host of her own podcast show, has provided a hint that World No. 1 Novak Djokovic may come to play the US Open in New York while speaking on her podcast show ‘The Racquet Magazine’.
Rennae Stubbs on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the US Open in New York
Several players have expressed concerns about playing the US Open in New York due to the health situation in the United States. The United States is seeing a rise in the number of Coronavirus cases although the situation in New York is much better these days and the US Open has taken a number of measures to assure the safety of the players, including no fans at the tournament, and regular testing.
On her podcast show, Stubbs says, "Novak apparently has ordered some tennis balls from the US Open. Indicating I would imagine he is coming. We will see what happens over the next couple of weeks. New York is doing fantastically well.
It is a little bit of worry when you see that Rafa is practising on clay. So that is not a good sign. But Serena obviously said she is coming, Bianca Andreescu will be coming, former champion Osaka will be coming. I am excited.
I think that we are gonna have as good a field as possible." The US Open is scheduled to begin in New York in late August as of now. The ATP event in Washington has been cancelled and a final decision is expected on the US Open by the end of July.
the USTA has said that it will take all possible steps to ensure the event takes place as long as it is safe for the players and others involved in the event. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, of Spain, has been seen practicing on clay on his social media accounts while Djokovic has been seen practising on hard courts.
The two champions are in the race for most number of Grand Slam titles in men's tennis history along with Roger Federer, who has said he would skip the rest of the season as he recovers from knee surgery. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles while Nadal is one behind at 19 Grand Slams and Djokovic is at 17 Grand Slams.