Britain’s Dan Evans dismisses Novak Djokovic's US Open concerns over COVID-19 protocols, says compromises should be made

Dan Evans believes Novak Djokovic’s concerns about players having only one member of their support staff at the US Open does not apply to the majority of the field and compromises should be made when action resumes.

Reuters June 09, 2020 08:52:57 IST
Britain’s Dan Evans dismisses Novak Djokovic's US Open concerns over COVID-19 protocols, says compromises should be made

Britain’s Dan Evans believes Novak Djokovic’s concerns about players having only one member of their support staff at the US Open does not apply to the majority of the field and compromises should be made when action resumes.

Britains Dan Evans dismisses Novak Djokovics US Open concerns over COVID19 protocols says compromises should be made

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The US Open organisers are assessing safety measures for the tournament scheduled to begin on 31 August without spectators after the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the season in March.

World No 1 Djokovic said hosting the tournament would be impossible due to “extreme” COVID-19 protocols, but Evans said there has to be some “give and take” from the players.

“I don’t think having one person of your team only allowed is such a big deal – the majority of the draw would only travel with one coach,” Evans told BBC 5 Live.

“Not everyone’s travelling with physios and fitness trainers like Novak said, so I think his argument there is not really valid for the rest of the draw, apart from the real top guys.”

The US Open will be the first Grand Slam to be played after the novel coronavirus outbreak, and will be followed by the French Open which was moved to September.

Defending champion Rafa Nadal is also not keen on travelling to New York, one of the cities hardest hit by coronavirus , in present circumstances.

But Evans has urged both Nadal and Djokovic to take part in the event in order to help lower-ranked professionals in financial crisis due to the shutdown.

“This is the point where I think the players should really come together and Novak and Rafa should really be looking to help those players with lower ranks so they get a good pay day,” Evans added.

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