Novak Djokovic confirms he is likely to skip the US Open, but set to play at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic press conference

This year’s US Open is unlikely to feature the reigning world No 1 after Novak Djokovic admitted that “as things stand” he won’t travel to New York for the hard-court Grand Slam.

The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31 to September 13, but there are major question marks over the tournament as the tennis season is only set to resume on August 1.

On top of that, strict regulations could be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic as players are likely to be tested several times a week once they arrive in New York while they could also be limited to only one support member.

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Three-time US Open champion Djokovic, who made an 18-0 start to the 2020 season before it was suspended, has now admitted that he is unlikely to play at Flushing Meadows this year and will instead focus on the clay-court season.

“Most of the players I have talked to were quite negative on whether they would go there,” he told Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS.

“For me currently, as things stand, most probably the season will continue on clay at the beginning of September.”

The French Open is set to take place from September 20-October 4 with several clay-court tournaments expected to be added to the schedule in the lead-up to the red-dirt Grand Slam.

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