Tennisspilleren Novak Djokovic looks possible coronarestriktioner during the US Open as highly restrictive.
the Grand slam tournament is to start 31. august in New York City, where over 20,000 have died after virussmitte according to Johns Hopkins University.
But the latest comments from verdensstjernen add to the growing doubts about whether the tournament can be held.
The Serbian verdensetter think so, that several of the likely measures are 'extreme'.
- Just yesterday I had a call with the world's tennisledere, and we had conversations about a continuation of the season - most on the US Open late in august. But yet we do not know whether it is being held, says Djokovic for Serbian media.
the 33-year-old Djokovic is speaking from a position as president of the ATP's spillerråd, who can advise the board on the men's tennistour.
As a result of coronakrisen the official tennistour been put on pause since early in march.
The possible conditions for a resumption at the US Open is in serberens eyes far from ideal.
- We would not have access to Manhattan. We would be forced to sleep on the hotels by the airport and be tested two to three times a week. In addition, we would only be able to take a person to the club, which really would be impossible, he says.
- You need a coach, a fitness coach and a physiotherapist.
- All of their proposals are carefully thought out, but I can understand that the organizers want to hold the event due to economic considerations and already existing agreements. We'll see.
Djokovic has won the US Open in 2011, 2015 and 2018. He has won 17 grand slam tournaments.
Also, the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the australian verdensetter among the women, Ashleigh Well, have expressed concerns at an early resumption of tennistouren.
Among other things, the New York Times has pointed out that 'while the tennis is easy to play while holding a distance, it's hard to put in the time again on the tourniveau because of the many international travel across borders'.
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