World No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut says he is also not a big fan of US Open’s strict hygiene restrictions as he suggests he would be open to skipping the event if nothing changes. The United States Tennis Association has a strict plan of how to try to safely organize the US Open.
They would fly players over to the United States, limited them to only one team member, potentially put them in a bubble as organizing the Cincinnati Masters and US Open in New York is an option. During the tournament, players would have to follow strict hygiene restrictions.
“I do not agree with certain measures,” Bautista Agut told Eurosport. “There are players for whom the physical trainer is very important, like the physiotherapist. Limiting the staff to only one coach seems to me to be a measure that will be difficult to pass.
In any case, I will not accept it. Even if the tournament puts a physiotherapist at your disposal, not having your physiotherapist with you at the hotel is not possible. I agree with Novak. Of course, his team is perhaps more important to him that teams are important to the others.
There will be no fans, so we may well have one or two more members per team. I think we need to bring this up to the Players Council in order to lobby for better conditions.”
Roberto Bautista Agut agrees with Novak Djokovic
1 Djokovic was the first big name to openly criticize US Open’s strict hygiene restrictions. “The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week,” Djokovic said.
“Also, we could bring one person to the club which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist. All their suggestions are really rigorous but I can understand that due to financial reasons, due to already existing contracts, organisers (want the event to be) held.”
The US Open is still scheduled to take place from August 31 – September 13. Roberto Bautista Agut, a former world No. 9, has never had that much success at the US Open as his best result at Flushing Meadows has been back-to-back round-of-16 result achieved in 2014 and 2015.