Novak Djokovic celebrates winning Australian Open 2020

Novak Djokovic: ‘I am happy to confirm I will participate at the US Open this year and I’m really excited’

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play in the US Open, adding that it was a tough decision but he is ready to adapt to the new challenges.

The US Open has already lost Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty due to coronavirus concerns, as well as many other significant names such as Stan Wawrinka, Kiki Bertens, Elina Svitonlina, and Nick Kyrgios.

Roger Federer will also be absent after undergoing double knee surgery this year.

However, the top male player in the world will be there and it will come as a huge boost to organisers.

“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Cincinnati and US Open this year,” Novak Djokovic announced.

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

“During my career I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National tennis center.

“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 people of NY.

“Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions.

“I’ve 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 respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.

“Unfortunately for the players and the game itself, the current situation is not allowing everyone to travel and compete at the same level of risk.

“I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.