Former doubles world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge doesn’t really see a problem in the strict measures that the US Open officials have taken in their bid to stage the event at Flushing Meadows. The US Open organizers have a strict plan of how to stage the event but some players — most notably world No.
1 Novak Djokovic — view it as too extreme. Flying players over to the United States, potentially putting them up in a bubble, allowing them to bring only one member — all while following the strict hygiene restrictions — appears to be just too much for some players.
“When you go to majors, there’s barely a player who doesn’t have at least two to three people with them, whether that’s parents, friends or somebody supporting them, I can promise you that. That will be a change for everybody,” Woodbridge told Wide World of Sports, as revealed on News Brig.
“Over the years, the leading players have added to their entourage with their own physio, and trainers, and a traveling coach. That’s really taken off in the last 10-15 years.”
Todd Woodbridge suggests things like this will be the new normal
The season has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension is set to run through July 31.
Even when tennis returns, it’s uncertain how it would all look like as there is a chance matches would be played without fans in attendance — or with a limited number of fans. “The whole tour, whether it be the leading players or the guy ranked No.100, we’re going to have to accept it’s going to look different when we come back.
It’s going to have changed from the way it was. If they don’t realize that it’s going to be very hard,” Woodbridge said. “We need to get our sports rolling again, and if the USTA can put on an event, it will be the best possible event that they can do, and you’d hope the whole playing group would support that.
But on a personal level, I’d like to see America be doing a little better before we all have to go there.” Todd Woodbridge, who captured a total of 23 Grand Slam during his extremely successful doubles career, won three men’s doubles titles at the US Open and also captured three mixed doubles titles at Flushing Meadows.