The Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and the US Open will be held in a very special atmosphere, also thanks to the total absence of an audience in the stands. The big favorite to win both tournaments is Novak Djokovic, the only one of the Big 3 who has chosen to fly to the United States to hunt for his 18th Grand Slam.
The World number 1 is trying to get used to the empty stands as he trains at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, but he believes the tournament will not be the same without being able to hear the shouts of the people and absorb the energy from the stands.
In a long interview with Sportklub, Nole talked about how she is preparing mentally to face the challenge of playing in an empty stadium in the best possible way. Unlike most of his colleagues, Djokovic decided to rent a private house instead of staying in the official hotels.
Djokovic: 'Those are the conditions we have to accept'
"I imagined what it would look like and it would look very similar to the atmosphere that prevails now in the week of training," said Novak Djokovic.
"All the lodges that were usually intended for sponsors - there are 60 of them in two levels - now belong to the holders and members of their teams. They will be there and watch the matches, that is their residence during their stay on the fields.
It's great that I've already had four or five training sessions at Arthur Ash Stadium in front of that 'audience', to get a little used to their presence - it's the pressure when your biggest rivals watch you train and play.
That will be the case when the tournament starts, so this week was a good introduction," Novak Djokovic said. "How I will celebrate, I can't really tell you that now ... The energy of the audience will certainly be lacking, but on the other hand, those are the conditions we have to accept in this situation," the World No.
1 said. "However, it is one thing to tell yourself and prepare in that way, and it is another to experience it. I need to experience it to really absorb it in my body and mind. Honestly, I can't wait for it to start, I'm ready," he added.
"I won’t go into too much detail about the house out of respect for the owner and other players. In essence, we have to do many things ourselves because, apart from us, only the cleaner has access, who comes when we are not there," said Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic also mentioned how they are 'absolutely alone' at their residence. "We are absolutely alone, but we manage, we are grown people. We have a good time together, we play cards and various board games, Goran (Ivanisevic) wins poorly, but well, maybe he will start next time," Djokovic added.