Djokovic Remains Uncertain About US Open Participation


"I can only see criticism lately and much of it is malicious", Djokovic told Serbia's Sportski Zurnal on Wednesday, via CBS Sports.

Every single Slam this century has involved at least one of the Big Three players of men's tennis.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic believes he was unfairly trashed in the media for the COVID outbreak at his recent tennis tournament ... comparing criticism to a "witch hunt".

The world number-1 cited a rise in COVID-19 cases in NY and the United States.

Djokovic, who has previously said the Adria Tour was staged "with a pure heart and honest intentions", believes much of the criticism is fueled by hidden motives.

Djokovic apologised for his role in organising the event after he and his wife Jelena both tested positive for Covid-19, but in his first interview since emerging from self-isolation, the world No 1 has hit back at his critics.

"Obviously there is something more than criticism, as if there is an agenda, someone has to "fall", a personality, a big name has to be the main culprit for everything", he said. The event suffered a huge set back and was criticized immensely for its packed crowds and lack of social distancing.

World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, who played in the tournament but tested negative for the coronavirus, defended Djokovic on Tuesday.

They are signs. Indications that the US Open (August 31 to September 13) could start without world number one and two. We complied with the total rules and regulations.

The Serbian sensation has been talking a lot about his doubts about competing at the upcoming US Open and it seems more and more that he will skip the American major. "Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid - 19", he tweeted. "But we've learned our lessons and some things could have probably been done in a different way". I certainly won't play Washington; Cincinnati is planned. "I don't think it is, I think that we must learn from all of this and to adapt as we go along".

The fight between Nadal, who sees it more feasible to match Federer's 20 Grand Slams in Paris than in NY, and Djokovic could therefore resume in Madrid.