Much has been said about the great chances of Novak Djokovic winning the US Open as he approaches the Slam titles of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. At the same time, there are also those who argue that any success in New York will count less given the particular conditions in which the tournament is held and the absence of some top players such as the Spaniard and the Swiss.
Prior to the circuit's suspension due to the pandemic, the world number 1 was in exceptional shape, having only racked up victories in 2020 with the icing on the cake of Australian Open triumph. According to Darren Cahill, coach of former WTA number 1 Simona Halep, no doubts can be raised about the legitimacy of the 2020 US Open.
Cahill on the Big 3
"Novak Djokovic got off to a good start this year and I think he will be in great shape at the US Open," said Darren Cahill. “Okay we don’t have Rafael Nadal there, but Djokovic is there.
And if you cast your mind back to a few years there was a bunch of tournaments in 2016, 2017 where we didn’t have Nadal, no Roger Federer, no Wawrinka, no del Potro, no Raonic, Nishikori, Murray, Cilic; there is a whole bunch of players that were missing big tournaments and the tournaments still went ahead,” Cahill said.
For Cahill, the US Open title will still count despite the lack of a few big names. “The record will show we will have a men’s champion and a women’s champion and the tournament is going ahead and history will show that it will count towards those records,” Cahill said.
Kei Nishikori announced that he tested positive for Coronavirus by giving up the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. Not a good sign given the doubts already raised by players and public opinion in recent weeks. The impression is that the trip to the USA will put the solidity of both circuits to the test.
The remarkable waiver the US Open are requiring players to sign for this year’s event has been revealed, and it goes a long way to explaining why many stars are opting out of the tournament. The contract reads: “I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risks of loss or personal injury, including serious illness, injury or death, that may be sustained by me or others who come into contact with me, as a result of my presence in the facilities, whether caused by the negligence of the NTC (National Tennis Center) or otherwise.
I agree that all controversies and claims between me and any of the releases arising out of or relating to this waiver or my presence at the facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic must be pursued on an individual basis only.
By signing this waiver, I waive my right to commence, or be a party to, any class actions or collective claims against the Releases”.