Novak Djokovic Thinking of Skipping U.S. Open Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Novak Djokovic during the 2019 Men's Singles final at Wimbledon. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock (10334028ag)

Number one tennis player Novak Djokovic is considering skipping the US Open if it ends up happening.

While speaking to Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS, the Serbian said that the restrictions that would take place at the Grand Slam tournament in New York due to the coronavirus would be too “extreme” and not “sustainable.” Reportedly, this includes a 14-day quarantine, restricted access to courts, and limited availability to travel around New York.

It’s not just the three-time US Open champion that feels this way. “Most of the players I have talked to were quite negative on whether they would go there,” Djokovic said. “For me currently, as things stand, most probably the season will continue on play at the beginning of September.”

Novak Djokovic is expected to return to competitive tennis at the French Open where he would compete for this second title and 18th Grand Slam win. The tournament usually takes place in late May and it has been postponed to September.