Jurgen Melzer: Many players will accept to play US Open if it takes place


Jurgen Melzer: Many players will accept to play US Open if it takes place
Jurgen Melzer: Many players will accept to play US Open if it takes place

Former world No. 8 Jurgen Melzer thinks players will accept to come to play the US Open if the United States Tennis Association gets the green lift to stage the Grand Slam event. The US Open organizers' plans to stage the American Grand Slam event as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13 are still ongoing.

The United States Tennis Association has a plan of how to stage the US Open and that includes strict hygiene restrictions. "If this is the only way to play at the US Open, many will stick to it. It will be a little more difficult for some, who are used to having a big staff around them, but the main thing is to be able to play this tournament in good conditions and without taking risks," Melzer told Tennisnet, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.

A few days ago, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic suggested it would be almost impossible to play under those strict hygiene restrictions. "The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme," Djokovic told Prva TV television.

"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. We will see what will happen."

Jurgen Melzer reveals Players Council didn't take well FFT's decision to reschedule the French Open

While the Tour was still suspended through the late April, the French Tennis Federation made unlateral decision to reschedule the French Open for a late September start.

They received a lot of criticism for the way then handled the things as reportedly they made the decision without prior consulting with players or the remaining governing bodies of tennis. "The Players Council did not really appreciate this decision after it hadn't been consulted," Melzer revealed. Jurgen Melzer, 39, has finished his singles career on the Tour and now he is solely focused on playing doubles.

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