Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem and Germany’s Alexander Zverev also have certain suspicions regarding the strict hygiene restrictions rules set by the US Open organizers. The US Open organizers are keen on finding a way to stage the event as initially scheduled from August 31 – September 13.
Their latest effort saw them release a strict hygiene restrictions plan — which includes flying players over to the United States, potentially putting them up in a bubble, allowing players to bring only team members and testing players two or three times a week.
The first big name to speak against the strict hygiene restrictions was world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who described the rules as “extreme” and “almost impossible.” World No. 3 Thiem says the circumstances would have to change for him to make sense to go to Flushing Meadows.
“All of these circumstances are pretty tough,” Thiem told a press conference in Belgrade, as quoted on Yahoo Sports. “So I think some circumstances will have to change (for it to) make sense to go there.”
When asked directly whether he will participate at the US Open, Thiem said: “Well nobody knows, maybe things improve, maybe not, so we’ll have to wait until the facts are out and then decide.” Thiem, who debuted at the US Open in 2014, achieved his best result at Flushing Meadows in 2018, when he made the quarterfinal before he was edged out by world No.
2 Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller.
Alexander Zverev feels the same way as Dominic Thiem
Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, says having a chance to play the US Open would be good but under these circumstances it isn’t all ideal.
The German suggests something would have to change in order for him to play the US Open. “It’s great if we get the opportunity to play, but under these circumstances I don’t think a lot of players will feel comfortable in the environment there,” Zverev said.
“So that’s my opinion. But it’s not really up to us players in that way, in a way the US Open decides.” Meanwhile, former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet isn’t really too optimistic that the US Open will take pace.
“I find it hard to see for the US Open, everything is unclear. Nobody knows, it’s difficult to imagine the US Open being held,” Gasquet told AFP. It remains to be seen if Dominic Thiem and Zverev will change their opinion on the US Open going forward.