Bosnian tennis star Damir Dzumhur says there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the US Open as he suggests the strict hygiene restrictions they set are extreme. The United States Tennis Association is still planning to stage the US Open as initially scheduled from August 31 - September 13.
The US Open organizers have a plan of how to stage the event but it appears to be a bit extreme. The US Open organizers would fly players over to the United States, where they would have to follow strict health restrictions.
Also, they would be restricted to bringing only one team member. Dzumhur, a three-time ATP champion, says he wants the season to resume but not at any cost. "We are all still uncertain about what will exactly happen, will the US Open be staged or not...
We have heard some of the rules the US Open is planning to set but players are really against it and won't want to play under those circumstances. We will know more after the ATP and ITF talk. We will see what will happen, which tournaments will be staged.
Of course, we all hope we will be able to play as much as possible tournaments before the season ends. It's up to the ATP, ITF and tournaments to decide what will be staged and what will not be staged," Dzumhur told Sport Klub.
Damir Dzumhur agrees with Novak Djokovic
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1, used the word "extreme" when explaining how he felt about the US Open's 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.
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," Djokovic said. "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." Damir Dzumhur, a former world No. 23, will meet 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in an exhibition match on July 5 in Sarajevo.