Novak Djokovic to decide ‘in the next few days’ whether or not to join US Open withdrawals

Novak Djokovic takes a breather

His name may be on the 2020 US Open entry list, but world No 1 Novak Djokovic still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will take part in the tournament.

The New York event this week suffered a big blow as 19-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will not defend his title due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Nadal followed women’s world No 1 Ashleigh Barty and men’s world No 40 Nick Kyrgios as high-profile withdrawals while another former champion in Stan Wawrinka was also not on the entry list.

The US Open will also be without 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who is still recovering following knee surgery.

Djokovic could still join the list of withdrawals with journalist Saša Ozmo confirming that he is still to make a decision.

“Novak Djokovic still hasn’t made a decision in regard to his participation at the #USOpen. Decision in the next few days,” he tweeted.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who started the season with an 18-match unbeaten run, could opt to restart his 2020 campaign on the clay in Europe.

The Austrian Open in Kitzbuhel is set for September 7 followed by the Italian Open in Rome on September 21 before the red dirt season draws to a conclusion with the rescheduled French Open starting on September 20 at Roland Garros.

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