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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday August 13, 2020

 
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has announced that he will play Cincinnati and the US Open later this month.

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Novak Djokovic will play the 2020 US Open.

The World No.1 has announced his participation in the Open as well as the Western and Southern Open, both of which will be held in New York, beginning on Saturday August 22 (the US Open starts on August 31).

Here is the full statement from the three-time US Open and 17-time Grand Slam champion.

“I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year. 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 organize 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, and I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best.”


Djokovic’s presence will significantly bolster a field that will be missing World No.2 Rafael Nadal, World No.4 Roger Federer and World No.9 Gael Monfils.

 

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