Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev They set an alarm on the men’s circuit: most of the players, from what the Serb said, do not want to continue with this travel format in 2021.
“What we are seeing is not normal, we are not used to it. Top players who are the best trained, it was tried in the past and now you have Berrettini, Rafa with a back injury, Sascha too, Dimitrov. Obviously it has something to do with it. With these circumstances we are having. Coming to a Grand Slam and a tournament prior to a Grand Slam, with fourteen days of quarantine, “said the No. 1 in the world who is president of the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association).
“We hope it will be temporary, but speaking to many players, most players do not want to continue with the season like this if we are going to have to quarantine in most tournaments. It is something that has to be discussed now. The Council He had several talks with the ATP leadership as they told me. I’m waiting for some answers, I want to understand how the circuit is going to continue after the Australian Open, “added the Serbian.
“We have to talk, we have to find a way, like the NBA bubble. I heard some players talk about it and I don’t mind discussing that idea. Pick a place and play all the tournaments on that surface in that place. Three, four weeks of play … Two or three weeks off. Then we come back. Something like that. At the top level. We have to discuss options, I don’t know if it will work. We are in Australia, locked up for 5 days, in a few lucky days we are going to see the people in the stadium again. We have to be realistic that what we are experiencing here in Australia is much better than what Europe is in, in terms of restrictions, regulations, quarantines, etc. Most of the season goes to continue in Europe. The next months are going to be … Miami and the Middle East as well but once we start in Europe, ATP is with this rule of one player +2 people only. You cannot take your family, “said Djokovic .
For his part, Zverev reinforced Djokovic’s ideas and said that the two of them have already spoken about it and also with Vasek Pospisil: “Injuries will continue to happen, there are restrictions in some countries, depending on the passport you have, they may not let you in. to a country. I know that South American players would have to fight with that. We can’t have a travel circuit now. The ATP has to do and seek is to have a stadium like here and play several tournaments in several weeks. At the end of the day, In Europe we are not going to have spectators. What is the difference where we play the tournament? We can change the surfaces, the names, or whatever and play in a stadium. “