Former United States Davis Cup Team Captain Patrick McEnroe thinks the US Open should be staged and the comments made by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal shouldn't be viewed as a problem. The United States Tennis Association is keen on organizing the US Open from August 31 - September 13 but they have set a strict hygiene restrictions.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, and world No. 2 Nadal didn't appear to be too interested in playing in the United States when they talked about the US Open a few days ago. "I think the idea of having a national tournament is a great one, if it can happen, but I believe there should be a US Open,” McEnroe said, per TENNIS.COM.
“I also believe the majority of the players will come. Don’t go by what Nadal and Djokovic say. They’re the rich getting richer and their views are skewed. Talk to players like Roberto Bautista Agut, who’s making no money right now."
Patrick McEnroe not fan of Djokovic and Nadal's comments
While speaking of US Open's hygiene restrictions, Djokovic said: "The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme.
We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week. "Also, we could bring one person to the club which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist.
All their suggestions are really rigorous but I can understand that due to financial reasons, due to already existing contracts, organisers (want the event to be) held." Meanwhile, Nadal said: "Well, it’s not the ideal situation.
Honestly if you asked me today if I want to travel today to New York to play a tennis tournament, I will say: no, I will not. In a couple of months I don’t know how the current situation will improve (from health perspective).
"Hopefully it will be the right way and ensure the people who organise the event, the USTA, wants a safe event. Same with the French Federation, they want to celebrate the tournament if everybody is safe enough. "I am confident they will make the right decisions in the right moment to be sure that if the tournament is played it’s going to be under extremely safe circumstances."
Patrick McEnroe had a close experience with the coronavirus as in late-March he tested positive -- but fortunately he has recovered.