2020 US Open: Serena Williams ‘excited’ to play in tournament as Novak Djokovic, other stars may skip it

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Serena Williams will be playing in the 2020 US Open. In a convention call on Wednesday, Williams confirmed her intentions to attend the Grand Slam tournament and said she is “excited” to take part even without fans in attendance. 

“It has been over six months since numerous us have played a tournament,” Williams said right through the convention call. “I’m going to certainly overlook the fans being in the market, but this is loopy. I’m excited.”

The United States Open is expected to still be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.

Williams has been moderately successful at the USA Open right through her professional career. The 38-year old has won the tournament six times and finished as the runner-up to Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, respectively, prior to now two years.

Williams’ final Grand Slam title came in 2017 when she defeated her sister, Venus, at the Australian Open.

While Serena Williams is on board to take part in the USA Open this year, other tennis stars that don’t seem to be so certain yet.

Novak Djokovic recently told a Serbian television station that many athletes “were moderately negative” regarding the decision to still hold the USA Open. Moreover, Rafael Nadal believes that it’s “not an ideal situation.”

Djokovic and Nadal have collectively won the final eight men’s major championships. Djokovic won the Australian Open earlier this year prior to the tennis calendar being altered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The US Tennis Organization has yet to finalize their decision regarding the USA Open, but an official announcement is reportedly expected later this week

Players will be tested for COVID-19 on a frequent basis at the USA Open. It is usually expected that the athletes will stay at a hotel outdoor of Manhattan and closer to one of the vital region’s airports. The USTA also will minimize the number of reinforce staff that each and every athlete will be allowed to cause to the tournament.

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