Former world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic isn't ready yet to say that this season has been lost. On Wednesday, the ATP and WTA extended the season suspension until at least July 13. Wimbledon got cancelled for the first time since 1945 and the next Grand Slam scheduled is the US Open.
The US Open is scheduled to take place from September 31 - August 13. Tipsarevic hopes the US Open will take place but suggests it wouldn't be a surprise if gets cancelled. Several players have already stated that not seeing tennis for the rest of 2020 is a real possibility.
"I wouldn't still rule out the possibility of seeing a tennis ball being hit for the rest of 2020 but I consider the US Open a big question mark. I think the United States will be the hardest hit country by the coronavirus pandemic and it will be extremely hard to get the situation under control before the end of August -- when the US Open is scheduled to start," Tipsarevic told Sport Klub.
Tipsarevic suggests the US Open officials would rather cancel the event than put themselves in a risky situation. The Serb says the US Open organizers will be extremely careful with their decision making and the health of the players will be their top priority.
"You probably remember when Eugenie Bouchard fell in the locker room a couple of years ago -- sued the US Open -- won the case and got compensated a few millions dollars," Tipsarevic said. "Can you imagine a situation in which the tournament organizers decide to proceed with the US Open and a player contracts the coronavirus and has serious consequences. Just imagine that scandal."