John Millman: Little bit crazy we are still contemplating to play Grand Slam in US

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John Millman: Little bit crazy we are still contemplating to play Grand Slam in US

Australia's John Millman says he loves the US Open and sees the efforts the tournament's organizers are putting up to stage the event but it seems a bit crazy to him that there are still talks about staging a Grand Slam in the United States.

The United States has been one of the most hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic and over the last two weeks there have been protests across the country as the people of America have stood together to fight against racism.

This week, players and some of the governing bodies of tennis had a meeting in a Zoom call -- where the fate of the season was discussed, most notable what to do with the US Open. "I love the US Open but it seems a little crazy that we’re still contemplating playing a grand slam there, right?" Millman said in a Twitter post.

But John Millman insists he can't wait to play

Sergiy Stakhovsky, a former world No.

31, suggested that all the sports are coming back and tennis should be no exception. "All the sports are coming back... And so should we if we want our sport to matter in the future," Stakhovsky said.

Millman, ranked at No. 43 in the world, is anxious to return to the court but not at any price.

"Stako I want to get back playing tennis. It’s my job and I love it but I’ve also come to realize there are more important things too. I would never prioritize sport for the greater community health and safety," Millman said.

"I think there’s a place for tennis, I just don’t know if the place for it is in the United States right now."

Millman, a former world No. 33, has made five main draw appearances at the US Open over the course of his career.

The Australian picked up back-to-back first round exits at the US Open in 2015 and 2016, before he made the third round at the event in 2017.

Millman claimed the biggest win of his career at the US Open in 2018, when he stunned record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federe en route to making his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. After a career-best result in 2018, John Millman returned to Flushing Meadows last year and had a disappointing campaign as he was beaten in the first round.