Serial Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has backed the US Open to continue as per schedule despite the safety concerns and reluctance of Nadal and Djokovic.
Roger Federer wants US Open to be held this year despite safety concerns
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) June 10, 2020
US Open officials earlier declared that they have received approval from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to go ahead with the 2020 edition of the tournament. However, the tournament will not feature any spectators and will have several precautions in place to safeguard the health of players, officials, and other stakeholders. While doubts over the US Open schedule were raised with the country being the worst-hit by COVID-19, the US Open organizers, however, have put rest to all rumors by making an official announcement that the Grand Slam will be played from 31 August to 13 September. It remains to be seen if Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal feature in the tournament, with both stars expressing their reluctance about participating in the tournament. If the two tennis icons pull out of the 2020 US Open, it will be the first time since the 1999 US Open that no member of the ‘Big 3’ plays in a Grand Slam tournament.
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