Barty, Djokovic, Nadal share US Open concerns, as Dan Evans hits back |

The US Open’s plan for radical changes in light of the coronavirus pandemic is receiving a wary reaction. Last week, Tennis Channel’s Jon Wertheim tweeted details about the tournament protocol in the event is is played as scheduled, in New York City beginning August 31:

WTA No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is among the players saying she won’t make a decision right now about whether to play, while Dan Evans has challenged Novak Djokovic‘s concerns about restricting who players can bring. Barty wants to hear more about the plans, which appear likely to be discussed with players this week.

“It’s exciting that tennis is being talked about again and things are moving in the right direction for us to start competing, but I’d need to understand all of the information and advice from the WTA and the USTA before making a decision,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The USTA is considering various alternatives for holding the US Open, including arranging testing and travel for players, and only allowing competitors to bring one person to the tournament with them.

Djokovic has objected to the one-person requirement, while Nadal questioned whether the event can be safely played as scheduled in a city that has been hard hit by coronavirus.

But Britain’s Evans told the BBC that if done safely, it was important for the top players to compete in the tournament, even with some inconveniences.

“There has to be a bit of give and take from the players,” he said. “The majority of the draw would only travel with one coach. Not everyone’s traveling with physios and fitness trainers like Novak said, so I think his argument there is not really valid for the rest of the draw, apart from the real top guys.

“Novak and Rafa should really be looking to help those players with lower ranks. I don’t think having just a coach is a good enough reason not to be going to a tournament.”

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Evans’ comments were in reaction to the ATP No. 1 raising concerns about the requirements.

“The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme,” Djokovic was quoted by AFP as telling Prva TV. 

“We would not have…

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