‘US Open plans are on very shaky legs,’ says Dominic Thiem as doubts rise over Grand Slam’s viability
Dominic Thiem says the plans to push ahead with the US Open in September are ‘on very shaky legs,’ adding that the players are unsure if it will happen.
A recent steep increase in coronavirus cases in America has thrown the viability of the tournament into question, despite previous assertions from organisers that it will definitely go ahead.
Thiem, though, speaking to reporters in Berlin where he is playing an exhibition event, says that he isn’t sure whether or not the US Open will actually happen this year or not, but he would have no concerns over his safety if it did.
“I believe that the decision is not in our hands, but in those of the American Tennis Federation, the American government and the mayor of New York,” said Thiem.
“The whole thing is on very shaky legs.
“But I also believe that if it is played, it will be safe for everyone.
“We’ll definitely be in a huge bubble and have no contact with the outside world.”
No definitive list of players who have committed to the US Open is currently available, but many, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have expressed concerns over the restrictions.
Other high-profile players, such as Nick Kyrgios have suggested they may not compete on safety grounds. Roger Federer will definitely miss out either way due to injury.
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