icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

'I am fully recovered and I am ready': World No.1 Novak Djokovic confirms he WILL PLAY at the US Open

'I am fully recovered and I am ready': World No.1 Novak Djokovic confirms he WILL PLAY at the US Open
World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will be playing at the 2020 US Open, outlining that it was “not an easy decision to make.”

The 17-time Grand Slam winner has decided to compete in New York despite coronavirus fears which saw many top players, including Rafael Nadal pulling out of the major tennis event.

READ MORE: 'Medvedev will be stronger than his rivals': Russian tennis boss expects strong showing from young star at 2020 US Open

The Serbian star said he will test his readiness at the warm-up event — the Western & Southern Open — which will take place one week prior to the US Open.

"I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open this year," the 33-year old Serb said.

"It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on so many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.

"I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and the people of New York."

In the absence of his legendary rivals, Nadal and Roger Federer, the Serb, who is seeking his 18th Slam, will be number one favorite to clinch the title in New York.

Djokovic, who himself contracted COVID-19 during his infamous Adria Tour, was lambasted by players and fans for staging the exhibition event during the pandemic without observing necessary protective measures.

The tour, which was called off prematurely due to coronavirus fears, led to a spate of COVID-19 cases, including Djokovic’s own infection. The player apologized for the ill-fated event, but it didn’t save him from the backlash and online criticism.

Now, after passing the relevant COVID tests, Djokovic says he's ready to return to top-level tennis again.

"I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions," Djokovic added on Thursday.

"I have done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.

"I appreciate everyone taking time, effort and energy to organize these two events for the tennis players to go back to their working field."

The U.S. Open will be the first Grand Slam event to be held since the COVID-19 pandemic threw the season into chaos, with this year's Wimbledon canceled while the French Open has been rescheduled for a Sept. 27-Oct. 11 slot.

Also on rt.com 'I'd rather not travel': Defending champion Rafael Nadal PULLS OUT of U.S. Open citing Covid-19 situation

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.