American tennis star Danielle Collins says top tennis players need to take a step back and realize how good they have it in the tennis world. Collins, ranked at No. 51 in the world, criticized world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his stance on the US Open hygiene restrictions.
The US Open organizers are trying to find a way to safely stage the event but Djokovic found their plans "extreme" and "almost impossible." Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, wasn't a fan of US Open's plan of allowing a player to bring only one team member.
"I think it's important for top players to take a step back and realize that in the grand scheme of things we have it pretty good," Collins told The New York Times. "Everyone else is also making sacrifices, losing their jobs, having to find child care for their children who can't go to school, etc.
If the biggest sacrifice I will have to make in order to get tennis back up and going is only bringing one team guest to the site, then I will consider myself very fortunate."
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A day earlier, Danielle Collins hit out at Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic, this is a serious contradiction to previous comments about having players with inside the top-100 donate their money to players outside the top-250.
No one has been able to play sanctioned events since or make money since February," Collins said in an Instagram story post. "Here we have an awesome opportunity with the US Open talking about proceeding forward with the event, with some strict safety precautions to make sure everyone all players feel safe and their health is put first.
"This is a massive opportunity for players to start making money again, and here we have the top player in the world saying only being able to bring one person with will be too difficult because he won't be able to bring his entourage.
"If it's safe to play and the USTA, WTA, and ATP do everything to prioritize the health of players. I think we should support that. It's easy when someone has made nearly $150 million throughout their career, to try and tell people what to do with their money, and then turn down playing at the US Open.
"For those of us (most tennis players) who don't travel with an entourage, we actually need to start working again. It would be nice to have the best player in the world supporting this opportunity and not spoiling it for players and fans." Danielle Collins has earned around $2,5 million over the course of her career.