Novak Djokovic set to play US Open, but under one condition

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Novak Djokovic lifting the US Open trophy.
Novak Djokovic is reportedly set to take part in the US Open, but has called for an exemption to quarantining laws upon his return to Europe. (Getty Images)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is reportedly set to take part in the US Open, but is after confirmation around quarantine back in Europe before he commits.

Players around the world are tossing up whether to take part in the US Open after the organisers announced the Grand Slam would go ahead despite a spike in coronavirus cases in the nation.

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Officials are pressing ahead with plans to stage the New York major from August 31 to September 13, with the Rome and Madrid Masters wedged between the French Open a few weeks later.

Players such as Aussie Nick Kyrgios have expressed concerns about holding the tournament in the current climate.

Nadal was described as wavering over defending his US Open title to prepare an assault for a 13th Roland Garros.

But a report from Spanish newspaper Marca claims Djokovic is prepared to travel to New York, but only if he isn’t forced to quarantine for a certain period of time upon his return to Europe.

The issue is for some players is missing the Madrid and Rome Masters could impact their potential ranking points more than missing the Grand Slam.

Djokovic has also been seen practicing on hard courts in an obvious bid to get himself ready for the hard court tournament.

Djokovic cleared of coronavirus

Djokovic may not be the most popular star in the US if he. were to travel in the wake of his ill-fated Adria Tour that's led to a series of players and a coach testing positive for COVID-19.

Djokovic was forced to apologise after the tournament he organised was forced to be cancelled due to safety concerns around the virus.

Staged in his native Serbia, as well as neighbouring Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the event was called off after Grigor Dimitrov confirmed he had tested positive for the virus.

Since then, Viktor Troicki, Borna Coric, Djokovic and his wife Jelena and coach Goran Ivanisevic have also revealed positive COVID-19 tests.

Djokovic and his wife have since been cleared of coronavirus.