I have seen a little glimpse from the central area of Flushing Meadows tennis center, and its a ghost town, Djokovic said. Not many people around. Were not used to seeing it that way. The U.S. Open is arguably the tournament that has the best energy. The people just get involved so much. Its going to be missed. Its missed already. We cant sit here and pretend like we are OK even without a crowd. We have to accept it, but I personally definitely hope that this is a temporary thing.
Asked why he points toward each corner of the fan-less Grandstand court, Djokovic said, Its part of also me paying a tribute and a thanks to that match, to the court and to that occasion.
Djokovic remains unbeaten in 2020 20-0 in a year interrupted by five months of inaction. Wimbledon was canceled and the French Open was moved until two weeks after the U.S. Open, which starts Monday.
Djokovic, who won the Australian Open in January, wont rule out going undefeated in COVID-19-marred 2020.
Look, anything is possible, Djokovic said. I dont want to count that out, especially because we dont know how the post-U.S. tour season is going to look like, whether we are going to play, whether there is going to be another lockdown in Europe. Its not my goal, actually, to go unbeaten, but I wouldnt complain if I do.
The transplanted Cincy event is using the tennis centers third showcourt, Grandstand, instead of Arthur Ashe Stadium because of the ease in placing the signage from its usual sponsors around its perimeter. The U.S. Open draw is Thursday but the USTA scrapped the usual ceremony and will issue a press release.