Novak Djokovic will be the big favorite to win the US Open 2020. The World number 1 is the only player in the main New York Slam draw to have won a Grand Slam in the last four years, thanks to the absences of his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
There is no doubt that we will see a particular Major, not only due to the absence of the public and the strict protocols, but also due to the very long stop the players have been forced to due to the pandemic. The Serbian phenomenon, who has had to respond to a lot of criticism in the last two months, knows he has a great chance to win his 18th Grand Slam and get even closer to the records of Nadal and Federer.
According to sports psychologist Jeff Greenwald, Nole's attitude and faith in meditation will give him the focus needed to triumph at Flushing Meadows.
Greenwald on Novak Djokovic
"The route of Novak Djokovic - meditation and mindfulness - will help them," Jeff Greenwald said.
"There might be a certain kind of gratitude there that might offset the atrophy. A tennis match might be a little less life and death when you look at having worn masks." Greenwald also believes the absence of match play cannot be made up by any practice matches or exhibitions.
"The exposure has not been there. It’s hard to replicate that, even in practice sets. That muscle is a little atrophied," the sports psychologist added. The USTA, WTA, and ATP have worked together on the prize money.
Last year the prize money was a record high at $57.2 million. And in a remarkable achievement, this year’s prize money will be 95% of the 2019 prize money. A total of $53.4 million will be given to the players. In a recent press conference USTA chief, Mike Dowse spoke about the prize money.
He indicated that the operating income from the US Open will go down by 80%. Yet the US Open will almost keep the original 2019 prize money. “Finally, to the question of does it make financial sense, despite the fact that our net operating income will be down nearly 80%, this is still yes.
Fortunately, through our ability to tap into our financial reserves, lines of credit, and our recent reorganization, we can still provide total player compensation of nearly 95% versus a year ago and we can continue to fund our community tennis sections at somewhat a comparable level for ’20 and ’21”. Mike Dowse said.