Dominic Thiem hopeful US Open will go ahead, but warns ‘safety comes first of course’
Dominic Thiem is eager to play in the US Open if it gets the final green light, but the Austrian insists the tournament won’t be allowed to go ahead if the “government sees any danger”.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed in June that the hard-court Grand Slam will take place from August 31-September 13 at Flushing Meadows, but it will be a closed-doors event with strict health and safety protocols.
However, there has been a big increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the United States in recent weeks, raising concerns about whether or not it is safe to travel to New York.
World No 3 Thiem says authorities are likely to make a final decision on the tournament in the coming days.
“I think in the next five to seven days there will be a decision,” he told Austrian broadcaster ORF.
“Of course I hope it (the US Open) will go ahead, but safety comes first of course. We have to follow countries’ governments – if they see any danger, they won’t allow a tournament, especially such a big one as the US Open.”
Thiem also discussed the controversial Adria Tour, which was cancelled after several players tested positive for Covid-19.
The exhibition tournament, the brainchild of world No 1 Novak Djokovic, was staged in the Balkans to raise funds for humanitarian projects in the region, but there was no social distancing as Serbia didn’t have any restrictions in place.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for Covid-19, but Thiem returned a negative test.
He admitted it was “huge mistake by us all”, adding on ORF: “We all acted much too euphoric. The most important is that we learn from our mistakes.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Andy Murray withdraws from bett1HULKS Championships because of injury
Murray began struggling with pain in his psoas muscle at the US Open.
Wimbledon set to go ahead in 2021 even if fans are not permitted
The All England Club is planning for three different scenarios for next year’s event.
Poland joins the list of Open Era women’s Grand Slam singles winners. Has your country won a major?
Has your country won a women’s Grand Slam trophy?
‘Crunch time’ for 2021 Australian Open as officials negotiate quarantine plans for players
Australian Open could have AFL-style training bubble.
Sam Querrey reportedly tests positive for Covid-19, flees Russia on a private jet, now hiding in a European country
A bizarre story from the world of tennis.
Fabio Fognini tests positive for Covid-19 in Sardinia, report claims ‘over 20 players tested positive’
Fabio Fognini out of Sardinia Open.
Andy Murray’s latest moves suggest he is not planning to walk away from tennis any time soon
Murray in no hurry to follow Wilander’s suggestion.
‘I was a bit too ambitious when I said Rafael Nadal does not have a chance’ in Paris, admits Goran Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanisevic admits he was “too ambitious”.
WATCH: Ilya Ivashka takes toilet break, gets game penalty, wants to know if he should ‘**** on court’
Ilya Ivashka with the meltdown of all meltdowns.
‘I need to get back to playing my game on the court,’ says Andy Murray after another defeat
“I need to practice, I need to play matches.”