French tennis star Richard Gasquet has called for fairness as he suggests everyone or no should be able to play the US Open. The US Open organizers are keen on proceeding with the event as scheduled but there is a good chance there won’t be qualifying event.
“The first thing is that everyone has to be able to play, that there are qualifiers. It is abnormal that some players go to play challengers and that others have points in the final table. If the players from South America cannot come, it is not normal.
Everyone has to play or no one has to play. It seems very complicated to organize,” Gasquet told L’Equipe. The US Open organizers have prepared a strict hygiene restrictions rules for players who come to play the US Open as they want to ensure all parties involve feel safe during the tournament.
However, some players have spoken against those rules — most notably world No. 1 Novak Djokovic — who described them as “extreme” and “almost impossible.” “I think the players who say they are not going to go will be there when they are told that there is the tournament and the points.
I’m not sure it’s a good idea. It’s tennis business. I understand the position of the US Open but it does not seem very fair to all players. This is especially what scares me. We must stop today from having six-seven people around.
I don’t mind two, a trainer and a physiotherapist, or a trainer and your wife. When I got to the circuit, there weren’t six guys around, you have to keep it right. It is not catastrophic to come with one or two people for three weeks.
It is not death, life is long. This is not what shocks me. The important thing is that everyone can play, from the 300th to the world No. 1,” Gasquet said.
Richard Gasquet wasn’t the only player that spoke on the US Open
2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin says he wants to play but he won’t compromise his health while doing so.
“I don’t know yet, it’s a bit of an unknown at the moment. I hear a lot. I don’t want to take the risk with the virus and I also want to play. We will have to weigh the pros and cons. I will wait for the US decision and I will make my own decision.
We don’t even know the program. After the US, there is clay. Hard, clay, it may be necessary to make choices, we may not be able to play everything,” Goffin told L’Equipe. It remains to be seen what will Richard Gasquet and Goffin decide if the US Open gets staged.