Daniil Medvedev, Russian tennis star and current world no. 5 has praised the security measures against the novel Coronavirus prevalent at the 2020 US Open, which has given him full confidence to join the tournament, despite a number of big names of the tennis fraternity deciding to pull out.
The 2020 US Open, to be hosted in New York will kick off from August 31st and will run until 13th September. As US is currently the most affected country in the world in the COVID-19 pandemic, with New York alone having over 238K cases, a number of tennis icons decided to forfeit from the tournament, including the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and more.
However for Daniil Medvedev, he chose to remain in the Flushing Meadows, as the Russian singles player feels confidence on the security measures, doubting any risk of potential contracting of the virus during the tournament.
To get infected here is really tough: Daniil Medvedev on 2020 US Open
While a number of male and female tennis stars decided not to take part in the US Open this year, Daniil Medvedev had no second thoughts on his decision.
“I don’t think I ever really doubted playing here,” Medvedev said in an interview on Saturday, “I was almost sure I will come here.”
All players participating in the US Open will undergo frequent testing before and throughout the duration of the tournament. Additionally, masks are mandatory for all players except when training or in a match, and the tournament will be entirely without spectators.
The 2019 US Open runners up is seeded third in the men’s draw, right behind Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.
The former world no. 4 continued, “Safety was a priority for everybody (but) as soon as everybody really got the information of how it’s going to be here I think everybody decided to go.”
“I think to get infected here is really tough,” the 24 year old acknowledged, “I think it’s a good bubble.”
In 2018, Daniil Medvedev won the Sydney International and Winston-Salem Open, and has reached six consecutive tournament finals counting the 2019 US Open. He has his first round match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on 1st September at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.