World number one Novak Djokovic has announced he will play at this year's Western and Southern Open as well as the US Open. The world number one has won in New York three times and the Cincinnati event in 2018 to complete the "Masters Slam" will look for his 18th major and second on hard courts in 2020.
World number one releases statement to announce decision
Posting a statement on his website, Djokovic explained his reasoning for playing at both tournaments by saying the following:
"I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western and Southern Open and US Open this year. It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.
"During my career, I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY.
Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions. I've done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court committed to fully playing my best tennis.
"I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort and energy to organize these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field. Unfortunately for the players and the game itself, the current situation is not allowing everyone to travel and compete at the same time.
"I hope the situation will change soon and we will all be back to doing what we love and do best."