Djokovic Remains Uncertain About US Open Participation


Djokovic said on July 2 that he and his wife Jelena had both tested negative for coronavirus after testing positive during the Adria Tour in late June.

Djokovic also admitted on Wednesday to being uncertain as to whether he will participate in the U.S. Open, scheduled from August 31-Sept. 13.

In his first interview in his homeland, Djokovic said: "Lately, I only see criticism, very malicious".

Djokovic, who tested positive for Covid-19 after the Adria Tour's second leg in Croatia, has hit back vehemently at peers and pundits who said he was irresponsible to stage the event amid the pandemic. But a spike in cases in Serbia has since prompted the government to reintroduce some restrictive measures, including compulsory wearing of masks and social distancing.

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And after returning to his home in Belgrade, Djokovic issued an apology as he revealed his tests also returned positive.

The U.S. Open and French Open are scheduled to take place back-to-back, so it's not totally out of line for Djokovic to not participate in the U.S. Open, but it's odd that he's now so concerned with the virus when he originally wasn't.

The Serb was among several players to contract COVID-19 after being filmed in a busy nightclub.

Novak Djokovic has accused critics of subjecting him to a "witch-hunt" after his regional Adria Tour tennis event ended in a coronavirus fiasco and said he was still uncertain whether he would play at the US Open. "Obviously there is something more than criticism, as if there is an agenda, someone has to "fall", a personality, a big name has to be the main culprit for everything", he added. We complied with the total rules and regulations. "I do plan to be in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September". "But we've learned our lessons and some things could have probably been done in a different way". Their hesitancy stems from concerns over the situation in NY now and the intense quarantine they will have to undergo just to travel to the state and back. Later it was Djokovic, president of the Players Council, who He expressed his doubts to the Serbian media Telegraf: "I am not sure if he will play the US Open".