After the new ATP rules being revealed, the greatest tennis players in the world began to adapt their schedules according to their goals for what’s left of 2020. Professional tennis is about to return, but the rules set by the ATP (dictates that any player will lose points until the end of 2020) could change the usual figure of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. Stars like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal already made some decisions and it could mean that both will miss the 2020 US Open.
“I will play Roland Garros and, if possible, Paris and Rome.” – Djokovic
Novak Djokovic made it clear: he still doesn´t know if he will play in New York. After recovering from the Coronavirus, the ATP rankings leader hasn´t certain about his schedule for the American tournaments.
“I assure you that I will not play in Washington and still don´t know about Cincinnati. It all depends on the US Open, but I still don’t know. I can also assure you that I will play Roland Garros and, if possible, Paris and Rome.”Novak Djokovic
According to the new ATP rules, players only score points if they achieve in the same tournament better results than 2019. Regarding that rule, Djokovic’s decision may seem strange. In the previous US Open edition, the Serb run ends in the fourth round. With Rafael Nadal in doubt and with Roger Federer out of the race, this could be an opportunity for Djokovic to secure the ATP leadership in 2020.
Regarding the announced schedules, Novak Djokovic could improve two results. At Roland Garros (defeated in the semifinal) and Rome (defeated in the final).
Nadal confirmed Madrid
Rafael Nadal made public his appearance in the 2020 Mutua Madrid Open, the Spanish Masters 1000. And it could say a lot about his decision about the US Open. The Spanish tournament starts the day after the North American Grand Slam final, which means that Nadal may have already given up playing in New York.
Regarding the Nadal situation, the decision is supported by the new ATP rules. Last year the clay king won Roland Garros and Rome and he can only do better in Madrid. Nadal lost in last year’s semifinals against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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