Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked man in the world, confirmed on social media on Thursday that he will be competing in the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open tournaments later this month.
“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Cincinnati and U.S. Open this year,” he said. “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.”
Djokovic plans to travel to the United States this week. His announcement comes after weeks of speculation on whether or not he would make the decision to come to New York.
“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,” he continued. “Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body 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.”
The three-time U.S. Open champion commended the tournament organizers and staff members who have worked hard to ensure the tournaments go on as planned.
“I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organize these two events for 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, and I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”