Novak Djokovic regrets that many players have opted out of the Masters tournament in Cincinnati and the US Open. The Serbian number one in the world thought it was also important that he traveled to New York himself.

"I can't say that their absence is the main reason I'm here, but one of the reasons. I had to think about my own health and that of my team first. When that was checked, I naturally felt the responsibility as a top player. It is important for the sport to continue, "Djokovic told The New York Times on Thursday .

A lot of big names are missing from both men and women. Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Kiki Bertens, for example, are not there at the Masters tournament in Cincinnati and the US Open, because they do not want to take any risks with a view to the corona virus.

"I was also almost planning not to come, but I would like to play again after all this time. There were a lot of uncertainties, and they are still there, but I don't think I am in a dangerous situation. I am careful and I stick to all measures. However, it all remains unpredictable, both on and off the tennis court ", says Djokovic.

'Would do Adria Tour again like this'

Djokovic has recently been criticized for organizing the controversial Adria Tour. He got caught at that event, where the players and the thousands of spectators did not have to adhere to the one and a half meter rule, just like many of his colleagues infected with the corona virus.

"We tried something, without malice. We could have taken extra measures, I admit. But am I being haunted by this for the rest of my life because I made a mistake? If so, then I can. just accept it. Anyway, if I get the chance to do the Adria Tour again, I will. "

"I feel good at the moment. I have done all kinds of tests since the Adria Tour. For my chest, blood, urine, the corona virus, anything you can think of. And everything was good. I normally do that. also, but now more than ever because we don't really know what we're dealing with. I can't wait for things to get back to normal. ”

The Cincinnati tournament starts on Thursday with the qualifiers and the main schedule starts on Saturday. The US Open kicks off on August 31 - with no qualifications - and will run through September 13. Both tournaments are played at Flushing Meadows in New York - the location of the US Open - so participants don't have to move.

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