Thiem slams US Open restrictions

Vienna, Jul 13 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/13/2020 9:45:02 AM IST

Dominic Thiem has joined World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in voicing dissent against the US Open 2020 and its coronavirus-related safety protocols.

Novak Djokovic had previously stated he was considering skipping the 2020 US Open as he was not on-board with the strict measures being proposed by USTA. The Serb had pointed out how bringing only one member from his coaching team for the upcoming Grand Slam wouldn’t be “sustainable”.
Just like the the Serb, Dominic Thiem has also expressed his doubts about the viability of the US Open if such rules are imposed. Thiem weighed in on the whole situation while speaking to Austrian tabloid
When Djokovic had voiced opposition to USTA’s rules, he had particularly pointed out the limited access to the courts and the limited team personnel. Dominic Thiem harped on the latter point too, as he believes it would have a negative impact on the players’ preparations.
“In my opinion, this is a terrible mistake. They should allow us to bring three of four people,” Thiem said.
Although the health crisis continues to plague the entire world, the organizers at Flushing Meadows are optimistic about the event going ahead as scheduled on 31st August - albeit under certain guidelines.


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