Novak Djokovic now 'very glad' US Open going ahead

Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
He changed his mind after the USTA caved and eased the restrictions he (and other players) were complaining about. Why is that hard to understand?
Every slam that Djokovic plays makes it ever more obvious that Federer's slam record/weeks at No. 1 records being broken is just a question of time, that's why
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
So the USTA changed it from 1 person allowed to 3? Well sounds like they are easing up like he wanted. I feel like this was blown way out of proportion anyway. It would take something extremely severe for Djokovic to miss a Slam.
Oh, it's a big great deal. He wouldn't want Marian Vajda doing his day-to-day conditioning or post-match massage!

After his initial complaints, I had suggested that players would need a trainer and physio, in addition to the coach!
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Oh, it's a big great deal. He wouldn't want Marian Vajda doing his day-to-day conditioning or post-match massage!

After his initial complaints, I had suggested that players would need a trainer and physio, in addition to the coach!
I mean I didn't understand the push back to him wanting more than one person with him (Djokovic is just not playing without his physios at this stage of his career), and the idea that he was trying to boycott the tournament.
 

Ogi44

New User
Hypocrite.

THE US OPEN LOOSENS UP
The Open has a new tournament director, former WTA chief Stacey Allaster, and she seems to have heard the top player’s complaints about the strict protocols that were floated last week. Today some of them were eased.
Players can now travel to New York on their own. Entourages will be allowed outside the grounds, and three people can accompany the players inside the grounds. Private houses, along with hotel rooms, will be available outside of Manhattan, complete with a realtor to help the players negotiate the New York real estate market (have fun).
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
THE US OPEN LOOSENS UP
The Open has a new tournament director, former WTA chief Stacey Allaster, and she seems to have heard the top player’s complaints about the strict protocols that were floated last week. Today some of them were eased.
Players can now travel to New York on their own. Entourages will be allowed outside the grounds, and three people can accompany the players inside the grounds. Private houses, along with hotel rooms, will be available outside of Manhattan, complete with a realtor to help the players negotiate the New York real estate market (have fun).
The traveling to NY on their own is actually a Federal policy - an exemption has been made for pro athletes in many sports.

Private homes were always an option (AirBnb). Realtors were always available LOL - this is the Internet world.
 

Ogi44

New User
The traveling to NY on their own is actually a Federal policy - an exemption has been made for pro athletes in many sports.

Private homes were always an option (AirBnb). Realtors were always available LOL - this is the Internet world.
Quote from previous USTA proposal:

The precautions include "robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation."
Divisions between players emerged last week after the United States Tennis Association proposed a series of strict restrictions to enable the event to take place. The governing body proposed creating a bubble for players at an airport hotel outside of Manhattan -- where most players stay -- and restricting entourage numbers to just one.
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
Please be specific ... Federer fans don't like him and the reason is obvious!
I thought this was common knowledge.. of course some people like him but...



 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Quote from previous USTA proposal:

The precautions include "robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing & transportation."
Divisions between players emerged last week after the United States Tennis Association proposed a series of strict restrictions to enable the event to take place. The governing body proposed creating a bubble for players at an airport hotel outside of Manhattan -- where most players stay -- and restricting entourage numbers to just one.
They will still be tested on arrival, right?
 

Ogi44

New User
They will still be tested on arrival, right?
The whole point is that restrictions loosen up enough for Djokovic and some other players to feel now comfortable with them, and be willing to participate. Of course not all restrictions will be canceled, but they are not nearly so severe now.
 

TripleATeam

Legend
Also the difference in terms of COVID isn't too much. Few players can afford 3 team members, so only a few additional people will come, right?

Say only the top 20 can afford to bring 3 people instead of 1. That's only an extra 40 people, all of which will still be tested and quarantined.
 
Also the difference in terms of COVID isn't too much. Few players can afford 3 team members, so only a few additional people will come, right?

Say only the top 20 can afford to bring 3 people instead of 1. That's only an extra 40 people, all of which will still be tested and quarantined.
I'm sure quite a few of the 236 mens and women's singles players (plus however many other doubles only players) have more than 1 player on their team. Like their agent, wife, girlfriend, brother, sister, mom or dad(wonder if they will discriminate if the parent is over 65 - already there is some acceptable discrimination allowed in rules for film and tv productions in CA with regards to older actors on set)

And many doubles guys have "teams" as Bartoli recently expressed surprise at in that thread from a few weeks ago. It won't be hard for most of the top hundred to bring 3 people, I'm sure.

I suggest you all watch the entire press conference, USTA was asked what if a player test positive when we are down to QF, SF, final stage. They basically said the tournament would be cancelled. This is surreal.
 

Tshooter

Legend
The whole point is that restrictions loosen up enough for Djokovic and some other players to feel now comfortable with them, and be willing to participate. Of course not all restrictions will be canceled, but they are not nearly so severe now.
Apparently they never were at least insofar as the number of companions (three for those staying in the official hotels).

The top guys will try to find a private home and they can bring as many people as they want though the USTA hasn’t said how many may be on-site at the NTC.


First look for Rafa: It’s on the water. Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court (Har-Tru). 13 bedrooms and a guest house.

 
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Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
I thought this was common knowledge.. of course some people like him but...



Machan ... agreed. But we have to consider the reason he is unloved. It's because he often beats the 2 crowd favorites ... Federer & Nadal :)
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
That's probably true, but he does come across as 'brash' compared to those two, to put it as politely as possible.

Machan ... agreed. But we have to consider the reason he is unloved. It's because he often beats the 2 crowd favorites ... Federer & Nadal :)
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
Machan ... agreed. But we have to consider the reason he is unloved. It's because he often beats the 2 crowd favorites ... Federer & Nadal :)
I don’t think that’s the whole picture.

But I don’t want to wade too far into these waters.
 

tonylg

Hall of Fame
I suggest you all watch the entire press conference, USTA was asked what if a player test positive when we are down to QF, SF, final stage. They basically said the tournament would be cancelled. This is surreal.
I suspect it'll be cancelled before a single ball is even hit.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
I mean I didn't understand the push back to him wanting more than one person with him (Djokovic is just not playing without his physios at this stage of his career), and the idea that he was trying to boycott the tournament.
Most guys at the top haven't played for years w/o personal trainers and physios, probably since they made the top 10. Why take any chances and start now?

Without proper treatment, the chances of them incurring a serious injury is much greater than catching the virus.

It's so funny! Several months ago, there were suggestions (including by myself) for USTA to move USO out of NY, into CA or FL. Guess what, now the pandemic is starting to surge in CA and FL, and NY is one of the most quiet United states.
 
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blablavla

Legend
Another one who didn't the read news... The USTA loosened the restrictions Djokovic was complaining about, so why wouldn't he change his mind?
even if they didn't, he said that finally he will comply to decision of players.
lower ranked players wanna play and get prize money, so their decision is known in advance.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
As usual in every walk of life, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Nothing new here; in other sports the stars get protected so there are better chances they are available for the biggest games and can perform at optimal levels. Joe Kovic spoke up, the USTA/USO hierarchy listened and took action to mollify his complaints.
 
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