Novak Djokovic Confirms US Open, Cincinnati Participation
by Staff | August 13th, 2020, 12:17 pm

Novak Djokovic officially confirmed that he’ll be travelling to the U.S. to play Cincinnati and then the US Open, the Serb announced on social media earlier today.

“I’m happy to confirm that I‘ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited Smiling face with open mouth💪🏼” he said.

The 3-time US Open champion will surely be the overwhelming favorite at the event which begins in less then three weeks.

Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 after his failed Adria Tour.

“I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY,” Djokovic said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions. I’ve done all the checkups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.

“I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organize these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.

“Unfortunately for the players and the game itself, the current situation is not allowing everyone to travel and compete at the same level of risk, and I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”

Djokovic will join Andy Murray and Marin Cilic as the only other former champions in the field. He will be the lone of the Big 3 to play the event. The 33-year-old World No. 1 has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three from Roger Federer’s 20 and two away from Rafael Nadal’s 19.

Djokovic won Cincinnati in 2018, completing the Masters set.

Djokovic began the year 18-0 winning the ATP Cup, Australian Open and then Dubai before the shutdown.

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5 Comments for Novak Djokovic Confirms US Open, Cincinnati Participation

John LeGree Says:

I’m going through RAFA withdrawls.I’m getting tired of watching old matches.I can’t wait for Roland Garros!!!

chrisford1 Says:

Yeayy, Djokovic! His participation helps the sport keep a presence while the pandemic goes on. Had he not come, it would have been a huge blow.
Love to see him get another Cincinnati title, almost as much as a USO title. It would be his 2nd Masters 1000 Sweep, if he comes to win and is fortunate.
I hope he doesn’t treat Cincy as a warmup event he only hopes to make the late rounds of simply to prep for the USO. Some playing Cincinnati (in NYC because the NYC moguls that wanted it in NY since they run the USTA) will not be coming trying to win it.
And while no one currently playing has much of a shot at a Masters Sweep, if any shot at all, Djokovic actually has a shot at 3 Sweeps, which is sick!
He is presently 2 Cincinnati titles and 1 Monte Carlo title away from a triple Sweep.

FedExpress Says:

Nole is greedy af. Wants that GS record so badly

chrisford1 Says:

Sure, he desperately needs the title No doubt he wants it and Cincinnati Masters 1000, but his focus has been to try and prop the sport up in these bad times with resuming tournaments so players without his earned wealth can make money and not have to abandon a tennis career. The Adria Tour was for that, it failed, Djokovic made mistakes, but he tried to make things better for players by getting the ATP running again.
FIFA, the NFL, NBA, NHL, Euro basketball, pre-olympic sports competitions are all working hard to return to work.
There is no luxury of saying no one has to work until it is “perfectly safe”, jobs and careers may be permanently destroyed if we don’t accept a very slight risk.

Simon Says:

These Covid titles mean nothing.

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